THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Ending a Personal War


Viet Nam was a President's war. It was a personal thing for the five Presidents who dealt with it. Their decisions did not rise so much out of monstrous events, the usual beginnings of war, as from murky revolutionary stirrings in the jungles, which ultimately had to be weighed in each man's mind and heart.

Ho Chi Minh was not a Kaiser or a Hitler, and there were at first no massed armies sweeping over traditional allied lands that made an American response automatic. There was not even a Korean type of open aggression that could trigger an easy and...

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