The War: The New Realism

The hurly-burly atmosphere of Honolulu may not have seemed the most appropriate setting for a clearheaded, thoroughgoing analysis of U.S. policy in Asia. Yet, for all the haste and hoopla with which it was mounted, last week's conference between the leaders of the U.S. and South Viet Nam did in fact put the nation's goals-and the war itself-in clearer perspective.

The Viet Nam war is neither popular nor unpopular with most Americans. It is simply confusing. Nobody is better aware of that than Lyndon Johnson. Though the pollsters tell him that a substantial majority of Americans approve of his policies,...

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