The Presidency: That's the Spirit

Time and again, President Kennedy last week underlined the fact of growing U.S. military strength—and his determination to use that power if necessary.

The President announced that retired Army General Maxwell Taylor, now serving as his military adviser (TIME cover, July 28), would go to South Viet Nam to survey the mounting Communist offensive, report back on whether or not the U.S. should intervene with its own troops. Kennedy also recalled from retirement General James A. Van Fleet, 69, hero of the free world's 1948-50 victory over Communism in Greece and commander...

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