So. Thomas Friedman. Holy shit. He finds a Cronkite-Kennedy interview:
Cronkite: “Do you think this government still has time to regain the support of the people?”The interview took place on Sept. 2, 1963! One month to the day later, Diem would be dead following a disastrous America-backed coup. One month! Ho Chi Mihn would apocryphally chortle: "I can scarcely believe the Americans could be so stupid."
Kennedy: “I do. With changes in policy and perhaps with personnel I think it can. If it doesn’t make those changes, the chances of winning it would not be very good."
So is this the plan Friedman commends to The Obama?
Not yet a month later, Kennedy would also be dead. The war would persist for another 12 years. Another fifty-odd thousand Americans would die, along with untold millions of Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the New York Times.