Hard Choices for Washington as South Vietnam Slowly Sinks The war that will not go away has arisen again to haunt the United States government and its military leaders. In recent weeks, successful sweeping Communist onslaughts against strategic South Vietnamese strongholds have threatened to reopen barely healed war wounds in Congress which must now debate the course of American reaction. The disturbing question is: Will the U.S. allow South Vietnam, after the sacrifice of 55,000 American lives and the outpouring of an awesome $150 billion in aid, to steadily succumb to North Vietnamese aggression? Congress, feeling some lingering moral responsibility may yet allow a few hundred million dollars more in aid to go to prop up the Thieu government's flagging defense machine. But it is certain that the new Congress, overwhelmingly Democratic and nearly as overwhelmingly liberal, will never approve another direct United States military involvement in Southeast Asia.
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