Man Of The Year: Gen. Westmoreland, The Guardians at the Gate


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Nothing is worse than war? Dishonor is worse than war. Slavery is worse than war.

—Winston Churchill

To the quickening drumfire of the fighting in South Viet Nam, Americans sensed early in 1965 that they might have to choose between withdrawal or vastly greater involvement in the war. By year's end, it was clear that the U.S. had irrevocably committed itself to the nation's third major war in a quarter-century, a conflict involving more than 1,000,000 men and the destiny of Southeast Asia.

It was a strange, reluctant commitment. As...

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