Nation: Dawk Talk

Though Viet Nam does not loom large as an election issue in November, the Republicans would dearly like to make it one. Toward that end, the House Republican Conference last week issued a 37-page indictment of Lyndon Johnson's conduct of the war. In it, the Republicans did their agile best to sail with the doves and swoop with the hawks.

The result was a dawk. The G.O.P. "White Paper" deplores the fact that the number of U.S. fighting men in Viet Nam, now at 310,000, has reached "the maximum level of American troop strength committed...

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