The War: Picking Up the Pieces

Still stunned by the speed and brutality of the Communists' countrywide onslaught, South Viet Nam and its allies last week began the enormous task of recovery. The job was not made easier by the fact that no one knew for sure exactly what had happened, or why; nor was there any certainty that it would not happen again. The full significance of the Communist general offensive still hung on the next move by North Viet Nam's Defense Minister Vo Nguyen Giap—and whether he would or would not mount an assault on the U.S. Marine position at Khe Sanh.

Whatever Giap...