In an evenhanded report on the air campaign against North Viet Nam, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara last week provided the Senate's Preparedness Subcommittee with a wealth of information that has never before been made public—and some sober conclusions unlikely to encourage either the hawks who would drastically escalate the bombing of the North, or the doves who would end the bombing entirely. Among the highlights:

WEIGHED against its stated objectives," said Mc-Namara, "the bombing campaign has been successful." There were three objectives when the bombing began in February 1965, and they remain unchanged: 1) to reduce the flow and increase the cost...

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