Stop Fueling Panic About China

In The Best and The Brightest, David Halberstam tells the story of a lunch between two Kennedy administration officials and the sociologist David Riesman in 1961. The Kennedy men boasted that their administration was both escalating and regulating the cold war. They were getting tough on communist movements in places like Vietnam while nonetheless managing conflicts so they did not spiral out of control. The phrase they kept using was “limited war.”

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