THE WAR: The President battles on Three Fronts

ALL along. President Nixon and his advisers knew that a crucial time of testing for the Administration's Viet Nam policy had to come. With geometric inevitability, the descending curve that describes the withdrawal of U.S. ground combat forces would have to intersect the curve that plots rising South Vietnamese responsibility for the war. At that juncture, Hanoi would surely test the American resolve, Nixon's own commitment to his policy, and the staying power of the South Vietnamese. Four weeks ago, that testing point arrived with...

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