The War: Into the Buffer Zone

During the three years since he ordered the first U.S. air raid against North Viet Nam, Lyndon Johnson has insisted that presidential authority must be given for any bombing attack near the Chinese border. Repeatedly, he refused to issue that authority. Last week, with the President's express permission, U.S. fighter-bombers swooped within twelve miles of China to deny Ho Chi Minh's regime one of its few remain ing sanctuaries — the 30-mile buffer zone along the Chinese frontier.

In two days of raids, Navy and Air Force jets pounded away at the Communists' vital northeast railway that connects Hanoi with...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!