The War: The Bombing Controversy

The nation's capital was astir last week with rumors that the bombing of North Viet Nam has caused a deeply disquieting difference of opinion at the uppermost levels of the Johnson Administration. According to widespread chatter at Washington cocktail parties and in the corridors of Government buildings, the disagreement put Defense Secretary Robert McNamara on one side, plagued by doubts about the value of the bombing, and Secretary of State Dean Rusk on the other, supported by the President, the State Department and McNamara's own Pentagon.

Talk of the subterranean rift within the Administration was so persistent that both McNamara...

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