Diplomacy: In Quest of Peace

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Yet the infirmities of man are such that force must often precede reason, and the waste of war the works of peace.

—Lyndon Johnson

It was a flying fortnight, the likes of which the world had never seen, mingling mystery and flamboyance, discretion and display in an unorthodox diplomatic maneuver unmistakably stamped L.B.J. On orders from the White House, for the first time in nearly a year, North Viet Nam's skies were free of American fighter-bombers. Instead, jets winged to the four corners of the earth carrying presidential emissaries prospecting for...

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