The War: The Russian Equation

It may have been pure coincidence. First, reports filtered out of Moscow that the leaders of North Viet Nam and the Soviet Union had met secretly on the Black sea. Then the President of the U.S. rose in remote Arco, Idaho, and, in his first speech on U.S.-Soviet relations in many months, urged an end to the cold war and a new spirit of "common endeavor" between Moscow and Washington. Whether or not the two events were linked, it was suddenly obvious that there is the possibility of a dramatic shift in the direction of the Viet Nam war.

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