The World: The General v.'The System

ABE ABRAMS has often summarized his tactical aims in the war as "targeting the enemy's system." He means that U.S. forces should not only seek out and fight Communist troops, but also destroy the elaborate apparatus that supports them—rest camps, ammunition caches, underground communication centers and especially supply lines. Abrams believes that killing one man with maps and plans is worth killing ten with rifles—because without the maps and plans the ten will not know what to do. In massing troops near the Ho Chi Minh Trail last week, the U.S. commander was...

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