The String Runs Out
Day after day, congressional leaders and Administration aides streamed into the White House for closed-door conferences and confidential briefings. Hour after hour, Lyndon Johnson consulted earnestly with his most trusted advisers in the Cabinet Room. Night after night, the President pored over memos arguing for and against the choice that confronted him. Finally, after interminable hours of anxious, even anguished debate, Johnson last week reached a decision that may well prove as pivotal to the course of the war as his announcement last July that the U.S. would "stand" in...