Viet Nam: How Many More Men?


From the Middle East, Administration anxieties were shifting back again to Viet Nam—and a profoundly difficult decision facing the President: How many more men must the U.S. send? Defense Secretary Robert McNamara plans to make his own recommendation after a trip to Saigon this week, and General William Westmoreland, who until now has had just about everything he asked for, this time will have to argue hard for every additional soldier. "McNamara," says a Pentagon officer, "is really going out to haggle."

From 23,000 men (in advisory groups) in early 1965, U.S. strength in Viet Nam has built up to...

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