President Eisenhower's News Conference, February 10, 1954, Public Papers of the Presidents, 1954 , p. 253
Q. Daniel Shorr, CBS Radio: "Mr. President, should your remarks on Indochina be construed as meaning that you are determined not to become involved or, perhaps, more deeply involved in the war in Indochina, regardless of how that war may go?"
THE PRESIDENT: "Well, I am not going to try to predict the drift of world events now and the course of world events over the next months. I say that I cannot conceive of a greater tragedy for America than to get heavily involved now in an all-out war in any of those regions, particularly with large units.
"So what we are doing is supporting the Vietnamese and the French in their
conduct of that war; because, as we see it, it is a case of independent and
free nations operating against the encroachment of communism."
Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Vol. 1 (Boston: Beacon Press, 1971), p. 593
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