The War: Static of Distress

Wherever they looked last week, the leaders of North Viet Nam saw trouble. To the north, Red China was convulsed by violence. Below the 17th parallel, the U.S. and its allies were preparing a knockout blow against the Communist "main force" units, which were already reeling from 1966 losses of 50,000 men in combat and 20,000 defectors.

To make the view from Hanoi even bleaker, U.S. Marines began their long-anticipated offensive against the Mekong Delta, the Reds' last safe haven in South Viet Nam. Perhaps most disturbing of all to the enemy was the U.S. air war. During the week,...

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