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February The Gallup poll shows 35% approve of Johnson’s handling of the war; 50% disapprove; the rest, no opinion. [NYT, 2/14/68] In another poll that month, 23% of Americans defined themselves as “doves” and 61% “hawks.
The National Black Antiwar Antidraft Union (NBAWADU) is founded by Gwen Patton to protest the Vietnam War and the draft. They ally with two other predominantly Black social movement organizations: the Black Panther Party and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
February 1 In Saigon during Tet (Tết), a suspected NLF guerrilla is shot in the head by South Vietnam’s police chief Gen. Nguyen Ngoc Loan (Nguyễn Ngọc Loan), in full view of an NBC news cameraman and an Associated Press still photographer. The haunting AP photo taken by Eddie Adams appears on the front page of most American newspapers the next morning. Americans also observe the filmed execution on NBC TV.
February 2 President Johnson labels the Tet Offensive “a complete failure.”
February 7 Attributed to an unnamed U.S. officer by AP correspondent Peter Arnett in his writing about Ben Tre (Bến Tre) city on: ‘It became necessary to destroy the town to save it’, a United States major said today. He was talking about the decision by allied commanders to bomb and shell the town regardless of civilian casualties, to rout the NLF.
February 15 Pvt. George Davis is court-martialed after refusing orders to Vietnam.
February 27 Influential CBS TV news anchorman Walter Cronkite, just returned from Saigon, in an unprecedented move, rises from his chair, points to a map of Vietnam and tells Americans during his CBS Evening News broadcast that he is certain “the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.”
February 21 Olof Palme (then Swedish Minister of Education) participates in a protest in Stockholm against U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam together with the North Vietnamese Ambassador to the Soviet Union Nguyen Tho Chan (Nguyễn Thọ Chân). The protest was organized by the Swedish Committee for Vietnam and Palme and Nguyen were both invited as speakers. As a result of this, the U.S. recalls its Ambassador from Sweden and Palme is fiercely criticized by the opposition for his participation in the protest.
February 28 Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Wheeler, at the behest of Gen. Westmoreland, asks President Johnson for an additional 206,000 soldiers and mobilization of reserve units in the U.S.