Southeast Asia: More of the Same And Hope for the Best

And Hope for the Best Once again U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara was back in Washington after a fact-finding trip (his fourth) to South Viet Nam. Gist of his recommendations, duly accepted by President Johnson: More of the same and hope for the best.

The U.S. will step up aid to Saigon by $30 million to $40 million a year (current rate: $500 million), will send in "limited but significant additional equipment" and provide more American combat advisers if necessary. While reporting "clear and unmistakable" evidence that the Viet Cong guerrillas are...

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