Speaker: General William C. Westmoreland
Date: February 8, 1969
Commander of the U.S. Military Assistance Command in South Vietnam (1964-1968) who devised regional U.S. military strategy and requested that U.S. troops participate in combat missions and continued to petition for escalation of troop level. Throughout the war, Westmoreland issued hopeful progress reports and, as American casualties began to mount in 1966, he came under increasing criticism by the liberals. As Army Chief of Staff (1968-1972), Westmoreland worked to increase public support for the war and, after retiring, criticized with acrimony the Johnson Administration for its management of Vietnam.