Foreign Relations: On Two Fronts

Turbulence and bloody conflict embraced the U.S. from two far-flung fronts. One was the old and ugly war in South Viet Nam 6,500 miles away; the other was a raw, new and unexpected rebellion in the Dominican Republic, 600 miles off U.S. shores (see THE HEMISPHERE). On both fronts, President Lyndon Johnson last week acted swiftly with strength of purpose.

A Beneficent Intuition. Fully aware that another Communist island fortress, like Cuba, could sprout in the Caribbean, the President snapped into action at the first sporadic crackles of gunfire in Santo Domingo. Into the waters off the Dominican Republic, he...

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