Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawl

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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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