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19 October 2007

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Marc Schneider

What I wonder is how aware was LBJ of the settlement in Laos--calling for a neutralist regime--which seems much more analogous to Viet Nam than the Cuban Missile Crisis. Arguably, JFK would have been willing to accept something like the Laos settlement if it was offered. It's hard to understand why LBJ wouldn't have tried to work for something like that in Viet Nam. The Missile Crisis analogy seems inapt precisely because it involved a threat of total nuclear war. One could argue that fighting in Viet Nam was necessary precisely to prevent situations like Cuba from arising.

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