Reporters: Under a Cloud in Saigon

Brooding over the Viet Nam war last September, Newsweek's Saigon Bureau Chief Everett G. Martin had some harsh words for the Vietnamese. In a two-page piece for his magazine, Martin charged that the Vietnamese troops performed so poorly on their own that they should be completely integrated with U.S. forces. The U.S., he went on, should also take a much more active role in governing South Viet Nam, from channeling all economic aid to ousting corrupt Vietnamese officials. "What right do the Vietnamese have to expect full sovereignty," he asked, "while depending for their very survival on U.S. support?"

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