The War: Relentless Pressure

The war, like a seesaw, took two interlocking directions at once last week. American planes took advantage of the last clear days before the monsoon to wreak unusually heavy damage on North Viet Nam. To the south, the enemy shied away from major actions and, bowing to the superiority of U.S. firepower along the Demilitarized Zone, broke off the lengthy siege of the Marine base at Con Thien. Though Con Thien is not yet home free, its relief was a psychological boost to the entire U.S. effort in Viet Nam.

The South. For the past six weeks, in one of...

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