The War: The Cost of Pause

In hopes of bringing Hanoi closer to the negotiating table, President Johnson last December suspended U.S. bombing raids over North Viet Nam for 37 days. Though the Yuletide gesture drew only gibes from the Communists then, pressure for another pause is now mounting. Last week it appeared likely that the U.S. might again respond with some kind of conciliatory gesture.

Washington expects Pope Paul to plead for a Christmas truce, as he did a year ago. A group of prominent American clergymen has asked for a cessation of bombing. Harvard Professor Edwin Reischauer, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan and now head...

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