The War: A Question of Priorities

Between Independence Day and Labor Day, a profound malaise overcame the American people. A kind of psychological Asian flu, it has as its overt symptoms bewilderment about U.S.

aims in Viet Nam, impatience with the pace of the war and, increasingly, an unmistakable if still inchoate tide of opposition to the entire U.S. involvement in that costly, ugly, not so far-off conflict. The pervasive sense of frustration over the war has been nourished, through a summer of smoke and savagery in America's cities, by the apprehension that the U.S. is faced simultaneously with a frightening and largely unforeseen trauma in...

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