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Francis Wilkinson

The Coronavirus Isn’t Trump’s Katrina. It’s His Vietnam.

An unfit president will cost American lives.

Wartime president?

Wartime president?

Photographer:  Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg

Mistakes were made. Lies were told. The body count kept rising.

President Lyndon Johnson knew the war in Vietnam was a fiasco. But he believed American  prestige was on the line. And he didn’t want to be the first president to lose a war. “I know we oughtn’t to be there,” he told Senator Eugene McCarthy in a February 1966 phone call. “But I can’t get out.”