February 28, 1968

Westmoreland Demands More Troops

Johnson and McNamara
Tet Offensive

General Westmoreland's report to the President states that, despite the failure of the Tet Offensive, the Communists have the initiative. In order to regain control, Westmoreland requests another 200,000 troops. This would require a call up of the reserves, and the decision is delayed. When the decision to deny the request is ultimately reached, it represents a realization that the war can not be won by military means.