Foreign Relations: The Situation


The momentous meeting was over, and White House newsmen were finally admitted to the Cabinet Room. Charles Mohr of the New York Times was in the vanguard, and he reported the next day that he had heard Defense Secretary Robert McNamara say, with considerable vehemence, to the President of the U.S.: "It would be impossible for Max to talk to these people without leaving the impression that the situation is going to hell."

The "situation," of course, was South Viet Nam, which is certainly going to hell. The "Max" was U.S. Ambassador to South Viet Nam Maxwell Taylor, who had...

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