Time Essay: Hanoi and the Election

The Politburo

Hanoi, North Viet Nam

Dear Sirs:

It is happening again. The peace negotiations have resumed in Paris, and that means that Americans are once again attuned to what the diplomats call "nuances." Last week there were 1½ nuances to ponder. The half nuance was the fact that for the first time ever, your press mentioned the meeting between Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho—a hint that now you may be serious about the talks. The full nuance was that enthusiastic piece that your party newspaper ran in praise of the "McGovern phenomenon"—an...

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