I HAVE to remind you, ladies and gentlemen, that we get only one guess at this, that we cannot go back to the drawing board if we make a mistake." The speaker, at a White House briefing last week, was a top-level Administration aide. The subject was "Vietnamization," the effort to place ever-increasing responsibility for fighting the war in the hands of the Vietnamese.

With President Nixon's announcement that another 35,000 U.S. troops will be withdrawn from South Viet Nam, bringing the total to roughly 60,000 (see NATION), Vietnamization becomes a matter of paramount...

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