THE WAR: Escalation in the Air, Ordeal on the Ground

SUDDENLY, it seemed almost like 1968 all over again. Once more, waves of U.S. aircraft—B-52s and carrier-based fighter-bombers—swept into the heart of North Viet Nam on heavy bombing raids. Their main target this time: the port of Haiphong, which had been off limits for U.S. planes since President Lyndon Johnson cut back the bombing of North Viet Nam four years ago. The planes dropped their bomb loads on fuel dumps, warehouses and, as the U.S. command in Saigon put it in an all-embracing phrase, "other activities which are supporting the invasion of...

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