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Reactions to Vietnam Bombing Halt (1968)


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  •  One interviewee sees the move as an sign that the conflict cannot be won through military escalation 
  •  The Paris Peace Accords were finally signed on January 27, 1973, ending direct American military combat in the Vietnam War 
  •  Ceasefire as concession 
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In this news segment for Houston’s KPRC-TV, reporter Lee Tucker asks individuals in Houston about the possible effect of a bombing halt on North Vietnam. On October 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered a end to American air and naval bombardment of North Vietnam effective November 1. With the action, the federal government aimed to facilitate expanded peace negotiations with delegations from the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and the Viet Cong. The talks, scheduled for November 6 in Paris, were postponed after the South Vietnamese government refused to participate.