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“The Biggest Damn Mess I Ever Saw”

 

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With the administration contemplating an escalation of the war in Vietnam, President Johnson spoke with National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy about the implications of American action and inaction. Both routes invited grave troubles, as the war, he said, was “just the biggest damn mess I ever saw.” 

 

Date:
May 27, 1964
Location:
Oval Office
Conversation:
WH6405-10-3522

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