Mr. Gil Russell's letter in the Advocate on the issue of former President Richard Nixon's credibility on Vietnam was way wrong.
Mr. Nixon won the election in 1968 on the premise that he would end the war in Vietnam. What did Mr. Nixon do? He escalated the war, and in the process brought on his own downfall.
Mr. Russell was correct that John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson got the United States into Vietnam. However, John Kennedy on Oct. 11,1963, approved National Security Action Memorandum No. 263, which called for the withdrawal of U.S. military personnel by the end of 1963. This was done a little more than a month before he was assassinated.