Walter Lippman Discussing Foreign and Domestic Affairs
Lippman gives a frank assessment of the war in Vietnam. He calls it a Civil War and evaluates President Johnson's options. This includes a consideration of the Soviet Union and China. After that, the discussion turns to the American relationship with Western Europe. Topics include America's diminishing leadership role, European unification (between East and West), German reunification, de Gaulle's France, life after Khrushchev, the Labor Party in Britain, and Churchill's funeral. Next, Lippman discusses domestic issues. Topics include Johnson's presidency, the Great Society, civil rights, Johnson himself, and the makeup of Congress. The talk concludes with the United Nations and US involvement abroad.