Mandeville, LA – [Editor’s Note: The following is excerpted from Professor Andrew Bacevich’s essay at the American Conservative website, here, I am still searching for a complete version of Williams’ essay. – Ed. M.C.] “If we justify our intervention in Vietnam on the grounds that it is crucial to our national security, we will soon be able to justify using our power for whatever we happen at the moment to want, or against whatever at the moment we do not like. That kind of moral arrogance—that kind of playing at being God—will destroy any chance we have to construct a good society. Notice that I said good society. We already have a great society, and I think that may be the source of much of the trouble with our leaders. For greatness has primarily to do with size, strength, and power. But we citizens who are gathered here are primarily concerned with quality, equity, and with honoring our potential for becoming more fully and truly human. We are trying to encourage Congress to meet its responsibilities and to function as a full partner in governing the country. We are trying to change our foreign policy so that it will be closer to the realities of the world and far more in keeping with our best traditions and highest ideals—and thereby make it pragmatically more effective.” [Emphasis mine, M.C.] William Appleman Williams.