Nation: Understanding Understandings

Tough and defiant, President Nixon last week publicly decoded his recent signals to Hanoi: at any moment he chooses, with any frequency he deems necessary, he would order the bombers to fly again. First he pointed out, as he has in the past, that as American ground troops are gradually withdrawn from South Viet Nam, he will carry out his responsibility to protect those that remain from attack. Then he continued: "Now, if as a result of my conclusion that the North Vietnamese by their infiltration threaten our remaining forces−if they thereby develop a capacity and proceed possibly to use...

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