The War: Still Wishing, Still Nothing

The four-day cease-fire that marked Viet Nam's Lunar New Year was launched amid hopes that it would grow into an extended truce. Instead, Hanoi used the Tet respite for reinforcement and replenishment of its troops below the 17th parallel. Army trucks rumbled down canopied jungle trails into South Viet Nam and cargo vessels sped with impunity down the coast, carrying more arms and supplies to the Communist forces than they had been able to deliver in all of January.

Still, the outside world's attention was wishfully galvanized by signs and suggestions that peace talks might be in the offing. In...

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