The Administration: Clifford Takes Over

The new man in the third-floor of fice of the Pentagon's E-Ring could not have assumed command at a more critical juncture. As Clark McAdams Clifford, 61, was sworn in last week as the nation's ninth Secretary of Defense, succeeding Robert S. McNamara, the U.S. once again stood at a crossroads in Viet Nam—perhaps the most important one. And it is Clifford who, from the massive desk once owned by General of the Armies John ("Black Jack") Pershing, will play a major and possibly decisive role in determining which path the U.S....

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