The Nation: The Gathering Climate of Negotiation

NOT since he became President had Richard Nixon made such extensive preparations for possible negotiations with Hanoi. He reached his office at the Western White House in San Clemente before 8 every morning last week. In a mood of quiet intensity, he conferred frequently with Secretary of State William Rogers, CIA Director Richard Helms and Alexander M. Haig, Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs. Every phrase of the Communists' recent seven-point peace proposal, as well as a subsequent New York Times interview with Special North Vietnamese Envoy Le Due Tho, was scrutinized for...

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