South Viet Nam: Please Send Orders

In the two months since the overthrow of President Ngo Dinh Diem, the news out of South Viet Nam has been mostly bad. The Communist Viet Cong have scored alarming gains in vital Long An province south of Saigon, which feeds the capital. For all the fanfare with which they were welcomed by Diem's critics, the generals who succeeded the slain President have demonstrated an unsettling lack of political leadership; recently, the civilian chiefs of nine northern provinces relayed a plea to junta chairman Major General Duong Van ("Big") Minh: "Please send us orders."

Last week U.S. Defense Secretary Robert S....

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