North Viet Nam: How the Cooky Crumbles

The Communist government of North Viet Nam is nervously looking toward the south. There, the Communist guerrillas are doing as well as ever, having extended their hold on the Mekong delta and the high plateau of South Viet Nam. But last week U.S.-supplied aircraft were dropping fiery chemicals to burn off jungle foliage from guerrilla hiding places along the Laos border. U.S. military advisers were training South Vietnamese battalions, and plans were under way to increase the South Viet Nam army from 170,000 men to 200.000.

The Red rulers of North Viet Nam had economic worries as well as military...

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