Foreign Relations: Some Tears & Some Blood

For the fourth time in half a century, the U.S. is at war. If there has been any doubt about the Viet Nam conflict's fitting that definition, it was surely dispelled last week for anyone who understood the meaning of events.

For months the war has been developing at a gradual pace. Seeking to limit it, the U.S. sent—and is still sending—American men and materiel into Viet Nam on a piecemeal basis, always hoping that the next unit would be the last one necessary. Tight restrictions on U.S. or South Vietnamese bombing raids against...

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