Armstrong, Hamilton Fish
April 1968
Foreign Affairs;Apr1968, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p467
This article discusses the extent to which the Vietnam War is isolating the United States. Many leaders in friendly and allied countries feel that the U.S. entanglement in Vietnam is unwise and unnecessary and fear it will be futile, even ruinous. This may be of more consequence for the countries future influence in the world than the vituperation directed at the U.S. in great sections of the foreign press. It is no use replying that practically every country where the public is given to these self-righteous outbursts has a record of inhumane actions in time of war. The argument is never effective. Nor can one make it with any degree of satisfaction. Many are horrified by the suffering and sorrow U.S. is causing, the wiping out of villages and devastation of cities in South as well as North Vietnam, the relentless recitation of body-counts, the herding hither and yon of pitiful refugees now numbered in the millions, and the admission that any bombing from great heights cannot be pinpointed, will cause indiscriminate destruction and must kill numbers of civilians.


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