The War: Winning Instead of Wishing

"From his letters, you'd get the impression he was on a vacation," said the mother-in-law of a U.S. Army lieutenant when she learned last week that he had been wounded in a fierce nighttime confrontation with the Viet Cong in South Viet Nam. "We never knew he was in the thick of things."

Few Stateside Americans have been altogether aware of the scope and savagery of the war in Viet Nam, or even perceived how deep in the thick of things their nation is there. Despite all the headlines, all the vignettes of heroism and horror, all the...

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