THE WAR: A Shattering Disappointment

HENRY KISSINGER deplaned at Andrews Air Force Base after another bargaining session in Paris with Hanoi's Le Due Tho. A reporter asked, "Do you still think that 'peace is at hand'?" Replied Kissinger with a smile: "That's a great phrase. Who used it?"

The Kissinger coyness that is so delightful at times was misplaced last week. His "at hand" formulation, the attention-grabbing quote given in his dramatic press conference on Oct. 26, had instantly inflated hopes for an end to the long agony of Viet Nam. Now this optimism was dealt a...

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