International: The Dregs of Hope

In Seoul last week, Eighth Army Commander General James A. Van Fleet drank from the cup of pessimism. "To me," he said, "recent trends indicate less chance of an armistice than ever before." Van Fleet noted that the Communist army commanders, apparently sharing his view, had "spread out" their front-line forces "to wait out the end of the war." Van Fleet offered a familiar but often disregarded antidote to the poisonous gloom which has settled over Korea: "The best way to win this war is by bringing pressure on the enemy, inflicting more casualties and damage than he can take." Van...

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