The Nation: The War: New Alarm, New Debate

I COULD close my eyes," said Missouri's Senator Stuart Symington last week, "and as I listened to those briefings, I could hear the same thing I heard in Saigon five years ago." What Symington and other war critics thought they detected was another new upsurge in the Indochinese war, caused, paradoxically, by the Administration's complex efforts to extricate the U.S. from Viet Nam.

At the weekend, apprehension intensified with reports of a South Vietnamese attack on Communist forces across the Laotian border. The presumed goal: to dislodge the enemy from his sanctuary and interrupt...

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