ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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From 50 Years Ago: Bunglers

Vol V, No 49 DECEMBER 5, 1970

Bunglers

The oft-repeated reasons for continued American involvement in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos become more unreal every day. In spite of Nixon’s military withdrawal plans, his Administration seems to be incapable of grasping the reality that such a withdrawal from Indochina also necessarily implies American political disinvolvement from the affairs of that region. The false hope persists that, somehow, regimes sympathetic to the Americans can be preserved in Saigon, Phnom Penh and Vientiane without much further loss of American life. In the case of Vietnam, the Vietnamisation ­programme is the corollary to this hope. The American authorities in Saigon continue to indulge in wishful thinking by spewing out reports about the new-found elan and aggressiveness of their ­allies in the South Vietnamese Army. The pacification programme is said to be succeeding as more areas are now evidently free from the Vieteong who are ostensibly on the run because the number of engagements has fallen quite sharply.

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