The Nation: The President Digs In on Viet Nam

SOME dramatic action seemed needed amid the fresh divisions over the war. In the uproar over the Galley conviction, there was a yearning from both left and right to end it all. Democrats were demanding time limits on U.S. involvement. Congressional hawks were defecting. Yet when Richard Nixon appeared on television to discuss his embattled Viet Nam policy, he changed virtually nothing. He delivered a foxhole speech, digging in tenaciously in defense of his existing position.

It required political courage to cling to an increasingly unpopular policy. Yet there is also something discomforting, and...

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