The Nation: Just a Mistake

It sounded almost as if Milo Minderbinder, the entrepreneurial mess officer who honored all contracts American and German, had stepped incarnate from the pages of Catch-22. On an overcast day last week, five U.S. fighter-bombers, using "precision" electronic bombing gear, went astray and swept over the U.S. airbase at Danang, South Viet Nam. They promptly deposited 34 500-lb. bombs on the sprawling installation. Only a "few" of the bombs landed on a fuel supply area, the military said; the rest fell harmlessly in open country. Those few, however, were enough to injure ten...

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