World: The Giant Bottleneck

The No. 1 U.S. problem in Viet Nam at the moment is not the war but the wherewithal to fight the war, not the Communist enemy but the beans and bread, bullets and billets necessary for the daily support of 170,000 American fighting men. Between the U.S. and its forces in the field lies a transport pipeline some 9,000 miles long. It flows freely until it hits the ports and beaches of South Viet Nam, where a dearth of deep-water piers, tugs, lighters and warehousing has created a bottleneck of giant and dangerous proportions....

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