GENEVA: Peace of a Kind

The balance of world power lurched, and tilted in favor of Communist power. While the U.S. looked on, France and England signed over 12 million Vietnamese and half a country to Communism. The U.S.. which had said it would never agree to partition, had made the mistake of committing its prestige without its power. Now it could only watch in distaste: in the words of the U.S. President, if he had no better plan, he was not going to criticize what others had done.

Doubt sucked at the foundations of the West's position...

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