August 25

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Vietnam War

Aug 25, 1967:

McNamara concedes that bombing is less than effective

Defense Secretary McNamara concedes that the U.S. bombing campaign has had little effect on the North's "war-making capability." At the same time, McNamara refuses a request from military commanders to bomb all MIG bases in North Vietnam. In Hanoi, North Vietnam's Administrative Committee orders all workers in light industry and all craftsmen and their families to leave the city; only persons vital to the city's defense and production were to remain.

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