Nation: The Nixon Doctrine's Test in Indochina

FOR as long as the U.S. has been fighting in Southeast Asia, spasmodic crises in the war zone and frequent peaks of protest at home have drawn a wildly fluctuating fever chart. The Nixon Administration now faces a period of high temperature and uncertain remedy.

As the President grappled with a decision about further withdrawal of U.S. troops, the Communists last week launched a new offensive in South Viet Nam. The North Vietnamese and the Pathet Lao continued a threatening drive in Laos. Simultaneously, the North Vietnamese managed to scare the precarious new government...

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