Foreign Relations: From Bad to Awful


The war in South Viet Nam still seemed to be going from bad to awful.

Offered a rare opportunity to wipe out the Communist Viet Cong's crack 514th Battalion, some 2,000 U.S.-supported government troops last week trapped 500 of the enemy in a swamp ringed with coconut and banana groves, moved in for the kill. But a single Viet Cong platoon managed to hold off a timid government battalion for five hours. Other government troops failed to contact the enemy before dark. Instead of slipping away in the night as usual, the...

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