INDOCHINA: Attacking with a Dynamic Defense

IN the spring of 1970, just 18 months after Lyndon Johnson announced a U.S. "bombing halt," more than 500 American warplanes swarmed into North Viet Nam for a series of attacks that continued for four days. Since then the large-scale "reinforced protective reaction strike" has become both a favorite Nixon Administration euphemism and a key element in its Viet Nam withdrawal strategy. Also known as "dynamic defense," a phrase coined by British Strategist Basil Liddell Hart in 1935, that strategy has come to mean the covering of the gradual U.S. pullout on...

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