Newspapers: Sizing Up Viet Nam

"It may be nationally humiliating to confess it," editorialized the liberal-minded St. Louis Post Dispatch, "but the truth is that we are risking world war in Southeast Asia for no sound national purpose at all. The new exchange of strikes simply emphasizes the bankruptcy of American policy. Our basic purpose ought to be to disengage from a fruitless and seemingly endless conflict by seeking a political instead of a military settlement."

The conservative New York Daily News viewed the events in Viet Nam quite differently: "Why not stage repeated bombing raids on all North Viet Nam's war-supply depots and routes...

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