The War: As TheNorth Sees it

THE WAR

Never has the war situation been so favorable.

—North Vietnamese Military Boss Vo Nguyen Giap

General Giap does not, of course, necessarily believe that, but it is his job to deliver an occasional pep talk to his troops. In a long, rambling report issued from Hanoi last week, he claimed that U.S. forces are suffering "resounding blows," "annihilation" and "heavy defeat." Ho, hum. But Giap did say some things from which Hanoi watchers drew a few interesting conclusions. When all the boasting and saber rattling were cleared away, they agreed that his speech...

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