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LBJ and War

The veracity of that far-fetched story—burnished and succored primarily by the usual denizens of the American establishment, including its media, academy, and government officials—has grown increasingly threadbare in the long years since. This, despite the U.S. government continuing to harbor many critical documents related to the events for purposes of “national security.”

One thing is not debatable. From the date of Kennedy’s assassination forward, under the leadership of new president Lyndon Johnson, America’s withdrawal from Vietnam ceased, and its buildup there began and grew for many tragic years. As the new president told Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in a private, though taped, conversation: “I always thought it was a mistake to discuss withdrawing (from Vietnam), bad psychologically. But you and the President thought otherwise, and I just sat there and listened.”

Johnson’s long-practiced secrecy and dishonesty finally found him out, however. His doubleminded fear, predicated on deep seated immorality, prohibited American soldiery from doing what it needed to do to win the war. Instead, U.S troops were forced to fight a brutal, demoralizing, “limited” war, prohibited from setting foot into the nation they were fighting!

The Communists, meanwhile, were willing to fight a hundred years and lose their entire population if necessary. They employed guerilla tactics in a strategy of defeating the world’s greatest power with “death by a thousand cuts.” By 1968, more than half a million American troops were in Vietnam, and U.S. military commanders wanted hundreds of thousands more.

Civil discord on the American home front, meanwhile, rose in the late 1960s to heights not witne