Foreign Relations: The Viet Nam Debate


There seemed to be so much else to talk about: the State of the Union speech, the early battles in the new Congress. Yet as Senators and Representatives met in the members' dining rooms or broke out the bourbon in their office suites, one subject held constant attention: Viet Nam. There was a growing feeling that a debate on U.S. policy was overdue, that mere continuation of the present line could only lead to disaster.

Contrary to public-opinion polls, which have suggested apathy and ignorance about Viet Nam, Congressman after Congressman returned to Washington after...

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