The War, The Presidency: Flak from Hanoi


During 22 months of bombing raids against North Viet Nam, the U.S. has scrupulously sought to avoid harming civilians. Last week, as the first ac credited American correspondent to visit Hanoi in twelve years cabled back eyewitness accounts of damage to civilian areas, Lyndon Johnson's Administration confessed that the attempt has not been altogether successful. At the same time, the correspondent himself came under criticism for presenting to the nation what many observers considered to be an uncritical, one-dimensional picture of the effects of the U.S. bombing on the North.

Utter Desolation. The correspondent is Harrison Salisbury, 58, a prestigious...

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