Letters: Feb. 16, 1968

Assessing the Battle

Sir: Blowing smoke in their usual frantic fashions, the Press, TV and, surprisingly, TIME also have unreservedly stated that the V.C. can "strike at will virtually anywhere in the country" [Feb. 9]. You saved yourself by not adding "any time." Granted the attacks in the South were well executed and successful—but they were also their best effort. The sapper units by anyone's estimate suffered horribly. These units are not, as was inferred by many, inexhaustible, nor are they mere country folk. These were the invaluable, irreplaceable, Hanoi-trained hard-core V.C., Directorate members themselves possibly, and the devout cadre—the very life...

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