The War: Nixon's Negotiators

In his campaign speeches last fall, Richard Nixon pledged an honorable peace in Viet Nam, but carefully refrained from revealing any of the specifics that he would prescribe to end Southeast Asia's three decades of bloodshed and turmoil. Thus Nixon is assuming the presidency unfreighted with any of the electioneering labels that proved so embarrassing to Lyndon Johnson. The President-elect is neither avowedly hawk nor dove, and the Communist negotiators he will face in Paris, knowing nothing of the President-elect's intentions, are finding a match for their own studied inscrutability.

Nixon's choice of William P. Rogers as his Secretary of...

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