" We expect our gains of 1967 to be increased manyfold in 1968...[Pacification] is expected togain considerable headway
huring the next six months. Impact on the enemy should be increased casualties, desertions, sickness and lowered morale...His
incountry recruiting potential will be reduced by accelaeration of our military offensive and pacification efforts....Our
forces have been able to detect impending major offensives and to mount spoiling attacks...The enemy did not win the major
battle in 1967."
- General William Westmoreland,. March 21, 1968-
"Our objective in South Vietnam has never been the annihilation of the enemy. It has been to bring about a recognition
in Hanoi that its objective - taking over the South by force - could not be achieved."
Lyndon B. Johnson, address to nation, March 31, 1968.
"The war against Vietnam is only the ghastliest manifestation of what I'd call imperial provincialism, which afflicts
America's whole culture - aware only of its own history, insensible to everything which isn't part of the local atmosphere."
-Stephen Vizinczey, 1968
"On the Vietnam War: I've lived under situations where every decent man declared war first and I've lived under situations
where you don't declare war. We've been flexible enough to kill people without declaring war."
Lewis Hershey,-- US Amy general, lieutenant governor & director of the Selective Service System..