Letters: May 25, 1970

Widening the War

Sir: Richard Nixon's incredibly assured decision to escalate the war [May 11] is beyond comprehension. In search of that illusory turning point, that single decisive confrontation that for years has confounded American military strategists in Southeast Asia, Mr. Nixon has consciously chosen to disregard the lessons of recent history and threatens to involve this country in a still wider war. In the context of existing concern, his failure to consult congressional leaders is indefensible.

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