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“It’s Largely a Propaganda Effort”

 

Photo credit: United States Marine Corps

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Just hours after the start of the Tet Offensive in South Vietnam, Secretary of Defense Robert S. “Bob” McNamara gave President Johnson an initial assessment of the attack and suggested its likely impact on American public opinion. McNamara would leave the administration in less than 30 days, and his frustration with the war was apparent in this early morning call.

 

Date:
January 31, 1968
Location:
Mansion
Conversation:
WH6801-02-12617

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