The War: A Look at the Score Card

From U.S. warships in the South China Sea to the forward combat zones of South Viet Nam's Central Highlands, the visiting Congressman or news correspondent is asked over and over again: "What's with the people back home?" It is a question that Lyndon Johnson would dearly like to answer, and clearly should. For if the war seems necessary and honorable to most U.S. fighting men in Viet Nam—and, by his say-so, to their Commander in Chief—it continues increasingly to baffle, depress or infuriate millions of voters in America.

The score card is clear enough. Just a year ago, the...

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