Foreign Relations: Sound & Reality

FOREIGN RELATIONS

Though the stepped-up U.S. bombings of North Viet Nam at first produced the expectable warnings that the war might be broadened, they have actually prompted a sudden surge of speculation about new possibilities for peace. Last week, so plentiful were the diplomatic maneuverings, the travels of statesmen and the words of optimism that many people understandably got the feeling that a settlement might be near. There is no evidence that a solution to the war is imminent—but that certainly is not for lack of hoping.

Avoiding Waste. In Washington, Under Secretary of State George Ball welcomed "encouraging" signs that "there...