The War: Listening to Bubbles from Hanoi

Never in the two arduous years since the U.S. began its major buildup in Viet Nam has official Washington wavered so palpably between hope and skepticism about the prospects of ending the war. The hope was based on an almost extrasensory feeling that there is a change in the air, that Hanoi might be softening its intransigence toward peace talks. The skepticism reflected the fact that North Viet Nam has yet to make a single tangible overture toward negotiations.

Groundless as they might prove, the glimmerings of hope were remarkably prevalent last...

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