Nation: How the Troop Decision Was Made

Even before he won the Republican nomination for President in 1968, Richard Nixon proposed "a fuller enlistment of our Vietnamese allies in their own defense." TIME Washington Bureau Chief Hugh Sidey traces the evolution of the Nixon Administration's efforts to carry out that aim through the Midway meeting.

IN January, when he acquired both the responsibility and the information to deal with the war's intricacies, Nixon felt that he should not meet with South Viet Nam's Nguyen Van Thieu until well after he had publicly outlined his own ideas on ending the war. Then, early in May, the Viet Cong proposed its...

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