Laos: The Tortoise & the Hare

A monsoon downpour rained on the Plain of Jars last week—and so did a barrage of Communist Pathet Lao artillery and mortar shells. In an effort to consolidate last month's ground gains on the Plain, the Reds began pinpoint artillery attacks on the last remaining Neutralist toe holds on the plateau, as well as on the headquarters of Neutralist Army Leader General Kong Le at Muong Phan, just west of the Plain. Typically, the Reds blamed the U.S. for the resumption of hostilities, said that "the Americans have given orders to the...

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