THE WAR: Bombs, Bombast and Negotiations

ALL last winter, Republicans in Washington repeated with a knowing air that Viet Nam would not be an issue in the 1972 presidential campaign —Richard Nixon, they intimated, would pull the rug out from under any Democrat who chose to run against the Administration's war policy. It may yet be so. But last week, as the campaign geared up toward its fall momentum, Viet Nam had again driven other issues into the background.

The bombing went on unabated; on one day last week, the U.S. pounded the North with 370 missions, one of...

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