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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Using ideas as my maps

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* Wednesday, July 28, 1965: 'This ... is why we are in Vietnam':

President Johnson begins his news conference by announcing plans to increase U.S. troops in the Vietnam War from 75,000 to 125,000, along with doubling the monthly military draft quota from 17,000 to 35,000. He also lays out the reasons for America's increasing involvement, including this passage:
"We did not choose to be the guardians at the gate, but there is no one else. ... Three presidents -- President Eisenhower, President Kennedy, and your present president -- over 11 years have committed themselves and have promised to help defend this small and valiant nation. Strengthened by that promise, the people of South Vietnam have fought for many long years. Thousands of them have died. Thousands more have been crippled and scarred by war. We just cannot now dishonor our word, or abandon our commitment, or leave those who believed us and who trusted us to the terror and repression and murder that would follow. This, then, my fellow Americans, is why we are in Vietnam."

* summer of 77:

Of all the years of my life — and that’s nearly 53 of them — 1977 is the year I could tell you the most about. It was a time so jam packed with intensity and emotion and drama — I don’t recall any other year of my life being quite like that one. Of course, I was barely 15 at the time and there’s enough emotion and insanity inherent in that alone to make the year worth telling about. But there was something so different about 1977, especially the late spring and summer. Especially in New York.

* “We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I.... (Byrds version.)

Posted by Marie at July 18, 2015 10:31 PM