The War: A Time for Patience & Resolve

While South Viet Nam struggled through the sixth week of its deepest political trauma since the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem 2½ years ago, Washington could only watch, agonize and pray. In all the crises that have faced the U.S. since its postwar emergence as the free world's greatest power, there had never been a more sobering reminder of the limitations of American might within the self-imposed limitations of American foreign policy. As the principal guarantor of South Viet Nam's independence, the U.S. could do little but wait patiently in the wings while its ally played out a...

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