By Howard Zinn • The Nation • February 6, 1967
So far I have been talking only about prestige as a flat, one-dimensional quantity. But more important is its quality. There is a kind of prestige this nation should not worry about losing-that which is attached to sheer power, to victory by force of arms, devoid of moral content. Which is more terrible: to have people in the world say that the United States withdrew from an untenable situation, or to have it said, as is now bemg said everywhere, that the United States is acting foolishly and immorally in Vietnam?
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