Nation: The Bombing Pause

In the wake of the Communists' savage Tet offensive against the cities of South Viet Nam, Lyndon Johnson launched what Washington officials subsequently labeled an "AtoZ" review of the war. This week, in a prime-time Sunday evening television address to the nation, the President made clear that the reappraisal had been far more definitive than had been expected. In a dramatic and unexpected turnabout, he announced what he called "a unilateral step toward deescalation." Its major feature, he said, would be a halt in all U.S.' aerial and naval bombardment of North Viet...

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