The War: Back to the Fighting

With recent peace efforts decisively doomed by Hanoi's intransigence, the U.S. last week resumed the air war over North Viet Nam and sent its forces in the South swinging into post-truce action. No amount of persuasion by the British and the Russians—not even the fact that the U.S. prolonged the bombing pause by a diplomatic 42 hours and 17 minutes—had been able to move Ho Chi Minh toward negotiations.

From the start, Lyndon Johnson had been worried that Hanoi was less interested in launching talks than in pressuring the U.S. into a...

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