The Nation: State's Secrets

The Pentagon, it seems, was not the only Government department to make a top-secret retrospective study of the nation's decisions in Viet Nam. In 1968 Tom Hughes, then director of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, ordered another report, far less voluminous and ambitious but with considerable potential impact.

Composed by two State Department Asia analysts, the study compared the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations' key Viet Nam decisions with the bureau's own major judgments during the same period. In almost every case, the intelligence reports called the shots perfectly about...

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