AMERICAN NOTES: The National Interest

A week after President Nixon revealed his eight-point Viet Nam peace proposal, Maine Senator Edmund Muskie pronounced the plan unworkable and set out his own formula for getting the U.S. out of the war. Instead of Nixon's stipulations—a cease-fire throughout Indochina and new South Vietnamese elections—Muskie said that the U.S. should simply set a firm pull-out date in return for the safety of withdrawing forces and the release of American prisoners of war, leaving Saigon to work out its own accommodation with the Communists or else forgo further U.S. aid.

Whatever its merits, Muskie's plan was not unlike an earlier...

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