FOREIGN POLICY: South Viet Nam: The Final Reckoning

Hue . . . Khe Sanh . . . An Loc . . .

Quang Tri . . . The names stir bitter memories of battle sites drenched in blood, the blood of thousands of Vietnamese and Americans who fought so hard and suffered so much to defend or retake those contested pieces of land. Once these places were proclaimed essential to the survival of South Viet Nam and, in the view of successive U.S. Administrations, to the ultimate security of America. Now, in a stunning and unexpected move, the South Vietnamese were pulling out.

Saigon had decided abruptly to abandon...

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