South Viet Nam: An End to Inertia

In any war, it takes time to convert to forward motion the inertia that follows a massive buildup of arms. Last week the vast engine of military power that the U.S. has installed in South Viet Nam was finally warming to its task. A new air of confidence pervaded the week's decisions, a new professionalism was apparent as American forces deployed from the Delta to Danang on air strikes and ambushes, perimeter sweeps and bold airborne swoops. No longer were the Americans at Bien Hoa merely probing their own backyard. Last week, in little more than 24 hours, a...

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