Negotiations: Lodge Leaves Paris

"We are at rock bottom now in these talks, so it doesn't really make any difference who sits around that table," one frustrated American official commented in Paris. The view from Washington seems similar and that helps explain why President Nixon last week accepted—"with great regret and warmest thanks"—Henry Cabot Lodge's resignation as chief U.S. negotiator at the deadlocked Paris peace talks. Lodge's deputy, Manhattan Attorney Lawrence Walsh, also quit. Both resignations will be effective on Dec. 8.

Lodge's eagerness to return to Massachusetts had been well known for more than a...

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