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Mr President It is my observation that at this point in your administration you are enjoying considerable latitude with the American public Your overwhelming victory in the recent election has illustrated your popularity The platform on which you ran promised the American public that our boys would not be sent to die in Vietnam If you are going to act on your word and end the war in Vietnam the time is now It is also my observation that your top aides having been overwhelming you with advice in the opposite direction Your beloved Robert McNamara whose opinion you value deeply has made this war his personal project He is guaranteeing that the war can be won within two and a half years He has stated that there is no risk of a catastrophe He and General Westmoreland feel confident that the war can be won However they have continually been asking for more and more troops since mid-1964 You have already agreed to send more marines and authorize offensive operations If there is no limit set on the number of troops it becomes easier and easier to keep sending them What is our clear military objective Do our military leaders have a strategic plan for victory Again in June General Westmoreland has asked for more troops After McNamara was sent in July to assess the situation in Saigon he returned with the request to raise the American presence from 75000 to 175000 with a possible 100000 more to follow Does this sound like the promises you have made to the American public The goals of your administration the Great Society will have to be halted and perhaps never completed should you lose the support of the public and Congress In your recent meeting on July 21st with your top aides it is evident that you feel you are continuing down the right path towards escalation George Bundy has become militant in
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