The World: Loser In a One-Man Race

To many seasoned correspondents in Saigon, the U.S. will inescapably be seen as the chief loser in the one-man presidential election race. After years of official assurances from Washington that democracy was at work in South Viet Nam, Richard Nixon recently—and accurately—declared that true democracy was "generations" away. Nor had it been brought closer by U.S. policy in recent months. From Saigon, TIME's Bureau Chief Jon Larsen cabled this assessment:

IN many ways Washington itself was to blame for the situation. Once again the U.S. has been too preoccupied with images and cosmetics,...

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