The War: The High Cost Of Maintaining Appearances

"War is a continuation of diplomacy by other means," declared the 19th century Prussian strategist Karl von Clausewitz in his famous aphorism. He would well appreciate what the Communists are up to on the battlefields of South Viet Nam these days. In military terms, the war is largely a standoff, with no prospect in sight that either side can deliver a knockout punch to the other. But to help out the Communists negotiating with the U.S. in Paris, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong have adopted what might be called a strategy...

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