The War: Thin Green Line

Once again the U.S. had to separate fond hope from grim fact. On successive days, the Johnson Administration announced that reinforcements would be sent immediately to South Viet Nam and that the latest rumors about peace feelers from Hanoi had added up to nothing. As if to underscore the news, Communist forces over the weekend launched a savage new offensive across South Viet Nam.

The winter so far has been marked by the familiar progression of incongruities: worldwide speculation about imminent peace talks, yielding to carnage, followed in turn by further hints of...

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