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Topic - Lewis Sorley
On April 28, 1967, Gen. William C. Westmoreland was accorded a rare honor, that of addressing a joint session of Congress. As he ticked off indicators of progress in the war in Vietnam, the general seemed the embodiment of the military professional: trim and erect, with prominent eyebrows and a jutting chin that did not encourage contradiction.
Mr. Sorley writes of the young Westmoreland: "Fueled by ambition, driving himself relentlessly ... energetic and effective at self-promotion ... from his earliest days of service he led his contemporaries, was admired and advanced by his seniors, and progressed rapidly upward."
Mr. Sorley writes, "What is baffling is that these senior civilian officials nevertheless allowed Westmoreland to doggedly pursue his flawed approach for year after bloody year."