Nation: We Will Not Fail You

His Boeing 707 had barely rolled to a stop at Bangkok's Don Muang Airport last week when the tall, tanned Texan set to work. Looking straight across the welcoming red carpet at Thailand's tough little Premier Sarit Thanarat, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson declared: "We will honor our commitments for the cause of freedom. We will stand by our friends. We will not falter, Mr. Prime Minister. We will not fail you."

So began the sternest test for Lyndon Johnson on his six-nation tour of Asia as the personal emissary of President John F. Kennedy. Earlier in the week, Johnson had had...

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