Nation: Squeeze on Viet Nam

If Nixon's ABM announcement dashed hopes that he would drastically cut back military spending, his restrained response—or non-response—to the Communist offensive in Viet Nam unsettled some of his more hawkish supporters. Some of his critics attacked on both fronts. South Dakota's George McGovern, one of the Senate's most steadfast antiwar spokesmen, called the ABM decision, "a blunder comparable to the decision to escalate the war in Viet Nam in 1965." In a speech planned for delivery this week, McGovern aimed one of the bitterest attacks on the war heard since the 1968 election:...

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