Johns Hopkins Speech

On April 7, 1966, amidst extensive opposition to the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a speech at Johns Hopkins University and offered to hold "unconditional discussions" with the North Vietnamese about ending the war. Johnson also held out the proverbial diplomatic "carrot," offering a billion-dollar economic development program for the Mekong Delta. The only catch in the offer, of course, was Johnson's insistence that the United States would not negotiate with the National Liberation Front (Vietcong) and was committed to the continuation of a non-Communist, independent South Vietnam.