The Nation: South Viet Nam: Holding On

"If that's not an all-out offensive, I don't know what is," said one American official in Saigon last week. He was referring to the latest outbreak of fighting in South Viet Nam, which the U.S. Defense Department, at least at first, did not seem to regard as particularly serious. The South Vietnamese military, understandably, took a grimmer view. For the first time in a year, the ARVN high command revived (at 3:30 p.m.) the once-famed "5 o'clock follies"—the daily military briefing for the 60-odd foreign newsmen presently in Saigon.

The ARVN briefers had plenty...

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