Armed Forces: Dead Duck?

U.S. soldiers in South Viet Nam were still being picked off by Communist guerrillas—and on the home front, Pentagon officials were getting shot at too. In February General Maxwell Taylor, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee. The transcript, released last week, showed Taylor, if not exactly riddled, at least discomfited. Answering some questions, Taylor declared that he was opposed "under all circumstances" to using U.S. forces as a "direct means of suppressing the guerrillas."

That riled Pennsylvania's Democratic Congressman Daniel Flood. "I am concerned," said Flood. "I am not at all satisfied with...

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