The Nation: Three Principals Defend Themselves

GENERAL Maxwell Taylor, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the U.S. Ambassador to South Viet Nam during the period of initial troop buildups covered by the Pentagon papers. In an interview with TIME Correspondent Frank McCulloch last week, he noted: "We—all of us—are up against a very fundamental issue here, and there seems to be little chance at this moment that we will approach it rationally." The issue, as Taylor sees it, is simply how much undigested information can be made public in a complex and dangerous world; in other words,...

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