Friday, November 12, 2010

"...that hope still burned..."

Hole in the Wall, American Embassy Saigon
Tet Offensive, 1968

Johnson in particular was pleased by Westmoreland's reputation; he had liked the general when they met at West Point, and Johnson was impressed that Westmoreland was straight from West Point, perhaps he would be better prepared to train the Vietnamese army (that hope still burned, the myth that the problem with the ARVN was a lack of training; Americans had been training the Vietnamese army for a decade, and still held to the hope that more training was the solution).

David Halberstam, The Best and The Brightest, Ballantine Books 1992, pg. 559-560