ONCE Richard Nixon announced his decision to start withdrawing U.S. troops from Viet Nam, the national debate on the war moved quickly to discussion of next steps in U.S. disengagement. The most prominent voice in the argument last week belonged to Clark Clifford, Secretary of Defense in the final ten months of the Johnson Administration. It was Clifford who persuaded Lyndon Johnson to call a partial bombing halt in North Viet Nam last March—a decision that led directly to the opening of negotiations in Paris. Now, in a Foreign Affairs article, Clifford proposed...

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