FOREIGN POLICY: NOW, TRYING TO PICK UP THE PIECES

This was not the way a war should end. At least it was not the way in which many Americans had hoped it would end—by somehow fading away. As South Viet Nam verged on collapse, the scenes of chaos inflamed anew America's frustration and horror over its most tragic foreign experience.

Even as President Ford pleaded for more military aid to South Viet Nam, Saigon's troops fled from the north in a frenzy, abandoning an estimated $700 million worth of military equipment. Said a Pentagon...

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