There is no reason to think that any of this will change soon. As one editorial warned, “This is, in a very real sense, the defense of the United States. The Administration has not made enough of the point that we are [at war], fundamentally because our own vital interest is at stake. . . . The stark fact remains that this is a struggle about the organization of the world.” It appeared on September 5, 1966.
James Carden served as an adviser to the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission at the State Department and is a contributing editor at The National Interest. Jacob Heilbrunn is editor of The National Interest.
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