U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara told a Pentagon news conference Sunday(7 February)that the U.S.?
McNamara describing with the aid of a wall map U.S. air strikes at North Viet Nam, then making his statement about Viet Cong attacks being "a test", the U.S. Under-secretary of State George Ball at same news conference saying it was not "useful" to speculate about the timing of the attacks coinciding with the visit to Hanoi of Soviet Premier Kosygin.
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Background: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara told a Pentagon news conference Sunday(7 February)that the U.S. had to strike at North Vietnam because Viet Cong attacks on U.S. troops in South Viet Nam made it "quite clear that this was a test of the will and challenge of purpose" of both the U.S. and South Viet Nam.
NcNamara traced on a map of Southeast Asia routes he said represented the paths taken by Viet Cong supply likes from North Viet Nam through Laos to Viet Nam. He also pointed out the area, just north of the border, where U.S. aircraft struck at a staging area and barracks near Dong Hoi.