The War: A White House Vignette

Ramrod-straight and resolute as ever, General William Westmoreland went to the White House last week to be wafted into his new job as Army Chief of Staff. Here is how TIME'S White House Correspondent Hugh Sidey viewed the ceremony:

If one closed one's memory in the East Room and listened to the strains of the Army band, then looked around at the array of generals, Cabinet officers and dazzlingly beautiful women hearing the words from Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of the Army Stanley Resor, one would assume that the U.S. had won the Viet Nam war.

It was a polished ritual....

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