THE PRESIDENCY: Again, the Credibility Gap?

"If the war is still going on next January," Candidate Richard Nixon declared in 1968, "it can best be ended by a new Administration . . . neither defending old errors nor bound by the old record. A new Republican Administration will do what the present Administration has so signally failed to do: it will arm the American people with the truth."

Two and a half years later, President Nixon is finding that "arming" more difficult than he expected. Despite cautiously phased troop withdrawals, more than 300,000 Americans are still fighting in South Viet Nam, and in the U.S. some...

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