Letters: Aug. 21, 1964

Torpedoes in Tonkin

Sir: President Johnson's quick and decisive performance in the Tonkin Gulf situation [Aug. 14] was in the correct tradition of American firmness to aggressive acts. To bomb North Viet Nam oil dumps and boat bases was an extreme action in the best sense of the word.

WILLIAM E. MOORE Old Greenwich. Conn.

Sir: I believe that the applicable word describing these actions in Viet Nam is "resolute" and not "extreme."

CHARLES H. CALISHER Takoma Park, Md.

Sir: The swift action of President Johnson after the attack on the Seventh Fleet indicates that Goldwater's nomination has already had an effect on the nation's policy....

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