Nation: The Plight of The Doves

WHEN wounded, even a dove can express its pain by crying out. As South Dakota Democrat George McGovern faced certain defeat in the Senate on the amendment that he and Oregon Republican Mark Hatfield had sponsored to force the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Viet Nam by the end of 1971, he assailed his colleagues in brutally personal terms. "Every Senator in this chamber is partly responsible for sending 50,000 young Americans to an early grave," he charged. "This chamber reeks of blood."

Scathingly, McGovern argued that "it does not take any courage...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!