The War: Double Trouble

The bloody Communist attacks staged the length and breadth of South Viet Nam left Washington shocked and stunned—and with good reason. While all eyes were fixed on Khe Sanh, where as many as five enemy divisions were poised for a major offensive, the Communists swarmed through 38 major cities, attacked nearly every major U.S. military installation in Viet Nam, and invaded the U.S. embassy in Saigon, holding out there for 6½ hours.

To a capital lulled by repeated boasts that the military war was being won, the strength and duration of the Red...

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