THE WAR: New Pressures to End It

The knowledge that the U.S. military force in Viet Nam is declining at the rate of 14,300 a month and will be down to 184,000 by Dec. 1—a 66% drop since the alltime high of 543,054 in February 1969—has served to blunt much of the pressure on Richard Nixon for an immediate end to the war. Almost cyclically, however, reflecting U.S. frustration over the long and unpopular war, pressure builds up in Washington for a quicker and more explicit declaration of intention to withdraw from Viet Nam than the President has been ready...

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