SOUTH VIET NAM: Rolling Backward Again

The war in Viet Nam admits to many analogies, but perhaps the most apt is that of Sisyphus, the mythical Corinthian king who was condemned forever to roll uphill a huge stone that constantly rolled back. So it is with the South Vietnamese.

Five months after they managed—with U.S. airpower—to stall the Communists' Easter offensive, they have not yet mounted a successful counteroffensive or recaptured Quang Tri city or any other significant part of the northern province that fell in April and May. They have not reopened Highway 13 between Saigon and An...

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