The President Says "I Don't Think Anything Is Going To Be as Bad as Losing, and I Don't See Any Way of Winning."
On Wednesday, July 5th, 1965, LBJ is speaking with Martin Luther King, Jr. who just three days before had spoken out against the war, "I'm not going to sit buy and see war escalated without saying anything about it," King had told a rally in Virginia, "the Vietnam War must be stopped." King was worried that LBJ would be upset. But Johnson was kind, "I think you have a duty, as a minister and as leader of millions of people, to give them a sense of purpose and direction...I've lost about 264 lives up to now and I could lose 265,000 mighty easy." That last sentence stopped me cold.