Nation: Nixon's New Signals in Viet Nam

RICHARD NIXON'S strategy of Vietnamization faces a new period of peril and testing. The President has declared that he will have ended active U.S. participation in the war by Election Day 1972; indeed, public opinion in the U.S. leaves him no alternative if he is to survive politically. The catch is that as fewer and fewer American soldiers remain, they become more and more vulnerable—as does the survival of South Viet Nam.

The U.S. has not spelled it out officially, but it is clear enough what the President is up to with the recent...

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