Nation: Washington's War

While Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and General Maxwell Taylor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, surveyed the war in Viet Nam last week (see THE WORLD), a storm was brewing in Washington over the handling of U.S. policy toward that strife-torn little country. It involved most of the Pentagon and an influential clique in the State Department.

At the core of the dispute is an Aug. 24 cable sent to Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, newly arrived in Saigon, just after repressive measures had been taken against Vietnamese Buddhists by the government of Roman Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem. The cable seemed...

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