The Nation: The Once and Future War

Columnist Joseph Kraft called it the President's same old "ego trip—taken now by proxy." The New York Times's James Reston simply called the suggestion "unspeakable."

What had stirred the anger of these and other war critics was a column by Joseph Alsop praising Richard Nixon's "cool courage" in making the "lonely decision" to invade Laos. Alsop, a consistent advocate of strong U.S. military action in Indochina, declared: "Senator Fulbright and many of his colleagues, in turn, are downright eager to be proved right by an American defeat in war, and will loathe being proved wrong by U.S. success in Southeast Asia."

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