Director of Graduate Studies Mark Lawrence publishes article in the New York Times

Mar 30, 2018

Mark Lawrence, Director of Graduate Studies at the Clements Center, asks "Was the Vietnam War Necessary?" in an op-ed published in the New York Times.  

Lawrence examines former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson's statement  “that by seeing this struggle through now, we are greatly reducing the chances of a much larger war — perhaps a nuclear war,” which he declared in a 1967 address to the nation in an attempt to bolster public support for the Vietnam War.  While Johnson's words "conveyed confidence, even passion" about the war, Lawrence questions whether the former president was correct in his "dire assessment of the stakes in Vietnam." 

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