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The most tragic aspect of the tale, for me, was to hear Lyndon Johnson on tape, before full U.S. engagement, admitting that the war could not be won. Johnson's dilemma is one that presidents dread facing – and one that Donald Trump is bringing upon himself with North Korea and Iran.Johnson was asking all the right questions.And so, because the president of the United States could not think of a way to admit that the U.S. needed to reverse course, Johnson increased troop levels in Vietnam from under 20,000 to over 500,000, tearing apart Indochina, American society and his presidency. In two crucial arenas, North Korea and Iran, Trump has dramatically raised the risks for the United States, and for no good reason. Trump seems to view international negotiations as he does business deals.Trump's way of negotiating might have worked in his past life, although there, too, many argue it was not the way to build a great reputation.
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