SAC-led bombers pushed North Vietnam to peace table

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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 12:00 am

Nearing the end

America's role in the Vietnam War was winding down by 1972. U.S. military manpower, which had peaked at 543,400 in April 1968, had dropped to 184,000 by the end of 1971, and the ground war was almost exclusively the responsibility of South Vietnam. Peace talks in Paris between the United States and North Vietnam that had begun in 1968 were close to reaching an agreement in October 1972, and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger announced that “peace is at hand.” South Vietnam objected to the terms, however, and the North broke away from the talks in December.

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