1973-1980 Limits

Morally, politically, militarily, diplomatically--and almost literally--the U.S. just ran out of gas

THE WAR Goodbye, Viet Nam

THE last images of the war: U.S. Marines with rifle butts pounding the fingers of Vietnamese who tried to claw their way into the embassy compound to escape from their homeland. An apocalyptic carnival air--some looters wildly driving abandoned embassy cars around the city until they ran out of gas; others ransacking Saigon's Newport PX, that transplanted dream of American suburbia, with one woman bearing off two cases of maraschino cherries, another a case of Wrigley's Spearmint gum. Out in the South China Sea, millions of dollars worth of helicopters tossed overboard from U.S. rescue ships...

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