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Johnson: what can Obama learn from Vietnam?

A popular new president, committed to ambitious domestic reform. A war halfway around the globe, inherited from his predecessor. Generals demanding more troops, predicting defeat if they are denied. The year, 1965, the president, Lyndon Johnson, the war, Vietnam.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Lyndon Johnson in 1965, like Obama today, was dubious about the prospects for victory in his far away war. Nor was he convinced of its geopolitical significance. What…

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