Defense: Plateau of Power

Despite its vast size and tremendous impact on overall federal spending, the $73.1 billion military budget actually represents a leveling off in the U.S. buildup in Viet Nam. American strength in Southeast Asia will continue to grow, along with its cost, but the pace of expansion will decelerate dramatically for two good reasons. One is that the U.S. has already reached a high plateau of power. Of equal significance, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara reported last week, the Viet Cong, during the last half of 1966, "appear to have lost about as many men...

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