The War: Non-Offers from Hanoi

Does the Johnson Administration genuinely want a peaceful settlement in Viet Nam? The question has been asked and answered scores of times in the past year. Last week, as the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division battled North Vietnamese regulars in the fiercest, costliest fighting of the war (see THE WORLD), the issue came up again—this time with an implication that the Administration had summarily rejected a so-called "peace feeler" from Hanoi last year.

When Government officials denied that any "meaningful" offer had been made or refused, pundits and editorial writers all but accused...

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