Opinion: Johnson Seeks Vindication

Lyndon Johnson—secretive, unpredictable, vindictive, egocentric—was a trying boss. Now it appears that he is even a trying ex-boss. A current source of fury in Washington: Johnson's recent televised version of the events leading to the U.S. bombing halt over North Viet Nam (TIME, Feb. 16). The men responsible for shaping and carrying out his Viet Nam policy in 1968 listened with stunned disbelief. This was not the history of the pivotal month of March as they knew it.

Last week they were consulting their own and one another's memories. Some were checking back into their own files. A number of...

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