South Viet Nam: State of the Union

President Nguyen Van Thieu rode through the hastily cleared streets of Saigon last week in his black Mer cedes and pulled to a halt inside the barbed-wire compound that Viet Nam's national television station shares with the U.S. Armed Forces network stu dios. Inside, he settled himself behind a green-cloth-covered table, permitted a makeup man to powder his high forehead, but refused to straighten his loosely knotted tie. "It will look more nat ural," he said. Then the cameras rolled and the President of South Viet Nam delivered his first major policy address to the South Vietnamese people.

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