Nation: Winding Up the Cambodian Hard Sell

THE U.S. suffers these days from more than one kind of inflation. As familiar as the ballooning of wages and prices is the inflation of rhetoric, a pneumatic exercise in which the radical left and extreme right, militant blacks, the press—and, of late, the Administration of President Richard Nixon—have all indulged. Still, nothing in recent times has quite equaled the blitz of language that has been employed by the White House to certify and canonize the success of the Cambodian venture.

It all rose to a crescendo last week as the last U.S. troops swept happily back into South Viet Nam. The...

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