VIET NAM: The Dance Around the Fire

FEW people really expected much progress to be made in the Viet Nam peace negotiations during the closing days of the U.S. election campaign, and none was. Indeed, there was reason to believe that the Nixon Administration, acutely sensitive to charges of election-eve opportunism, had deliberately postponed taking any hasty action on the proposed settlement until the voting was out of the way. Washington's stalling led to a certain amount of blustery but predictable rhetoric from Hanoi, a ritual that one West European...

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