The Presidency: End of The Odyssey


After the exhilaration of Manila and Cam Ranh Bay, the last leg of what Lyndon Johnson termed his "momen tous journey" to Asia was bound to be anticlimactic. Still, it had its rewards.

After landing in Kuala Lumpur from Bangkok, the President was visibly elated when King Ismail Nasiruddin told him that Malaysia, though it offers no direct support in the Viet Nam war, "fully understands and welcomes the difficult but vital role your great coun try is playing." At a state dinner in Malaysia's Parliament House, Johnson responded by warning Red China's lead ers that "any nuclear capability they...

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