The War: A Paucity of Choice

The most apt appraisal of last week's Viet Nam elections was probably that of Political Scientist Richard Scammon, one of the 22 official U.S. observers on the scene. The balloting was "reasonably efficient, reasonably free and reasonably honest," said Scammon. "I would use exactly the same words to describe elections in the U.S."

To a man, the 22 American observers¬óranging in political coloration from liberal Democratic Governors to conservative Republican Senators¬óreported back to President Johnson that the election victory of Lieut. General Nguyen Van Thieu (see cover story) seemed fair. To be...

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