Nation: Sanitizing the Sanctuaries

WELL before Richard Nixon told the U.S. of his conviction that "the time had come for action," 20,000 U.S. and South Vietnamese troops were across the Cambodian border and deep into a suddenly wider war. The day before the President went on the air, an 8,700-man South Vietnamese force accompanied by 50 American advisers had plunged into the Parrot's Beak. The next morning, barely two hours before Nixon was to begin his speech, an 11,500-man task force, spearheaded by 2,000 troopers of the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division (Airmobile) helicoptered into the Fishhook....

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