The Presidency: The Wartime Leader

With 69,200 Americans committed on land, at sea and in the air to the conflict in Viet Nam and another 31,600 enforcing a precarious peace in the Dominican Republic, the U.S. is a nation at war. And its leader is proving himself one of the most remarkable of all wartime Presidents.

Rarely has the presidency been so personalized. To Lyndon Baines John son, it is "my" Security Council and "my" intelligence bulletin. Referring to air strikes against North Viet Nam, he told aides: "I could have bombed again last night, but I didn't." Of the U.S. effort in Viet Nam,...

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