What if we only sent volunteers to Afghanistan?

That was a suggestion from Lyndon Baines Johnson’s National Security Advisor, McGeorge Bundy, on what to do in Vietnam, about 6 months into Johnson’s presidency after Kennedy’s assasination.

No matter what your views on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the tapes of LBJ, as presented by Bill Moyers on PBS (part 1 and part 2), sheds tremendous light on the complexities and the struggles LBJ dealt with in deciding the course of action to be taken in Vietnam.

They are TRULY enlightening, to say the least, and even President Obama would do well to listen to them! IMO, it’s a great piece of journalism. Something we could use a lot more of now a days.

Editor’s note: Johnson dismissed that suggestion out of hand, but I just wonder now what would have happened had he not? And I wonder if that same piece of advice might not be such a bad suggestion for putting an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well?


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