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    THE TESTIMONY OF UNITE STATES DEFENCE SECRETARY ROBERT S. MCNAMARA BEFORE THE SENATE PREPAREDNESS INVESTIGATIONS?

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    CAPITOL BUILDING; SENATOR SYMINGTON SPEAKS (SOF); McNAMARA SPEAKS (SOF).



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    SENATOR SYMINGTON SAID:



    "IF THE POSITION AS PRESENTED BY THE SECRETARY THIS MORNING WITH RESPECT TO THE CONDUCT OF THIS WAR IS RIGHT I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES SHOULD GET OUT OF VIETNAM AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE TIME AND ON THE BEST POSSIBLE BASIS. BECAUSE WITH HIS PREMISES THERE WOULD APPEAR NO CHANCE TO ME FOR ANY TRUE SUCCESS IN THIS LONG WAR."



    MR. MCNAMARA ANSWERED:



    "WELL, WITH DUE RESPECT TO SENATOR SYMINGTON HE IS COMPLETELY WRONG. MY POLICIES DON'T DIFFER FROM THOSE OF THE JOINT CHIEFS AND I THINK THEY WOULD BE THE FIRST TO SAY IT. THEIR STRATEGY AND MINE FOR WINNING IN SOUTH VIETNAM ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. BOTH THEY AND I BELIEVE THE WAR MUST BE WON IN THE SOUTH -- IT CAN'T BE WON IN THE NORTH. THE BOMBING CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE NORTH HAS ALWAYS BEEN THOUGHT OF AS SUPPLEMENT TO AND NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROVIDING TO NORTH VIETNAM THAT THEY CAN'T WIN IN THE SOUTH. I THINK THERE'S SOME MISUNDERSTANDING AS THE BASIS OF THE ARGUMENT OVER THE BOMBING CAMPAIGN IN THE NORTH AND IT LIES EXACTLY ON THIS POINT. THE CHIEFS BELIEVE, GENERAL WESTMORELAND RELIEVES, AND I BELIEVE THAT THE BOMBING CAMPAIGN IN THE NORTH MUST BE A SUPPLEMENT TO AND NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR SUCCESS IN THE SOUTH."




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    Background: THE TESTIMONY OF UNITE STATES DEFENCE SECRETARY ROBERT S. MCNAMARA BEFORE THE SENATE PREPAREDNESS INVESTIGATIONS SUB-COMMITTEE LAST FRIDAY (AUGUST 25) BROUGHT A BROADSIDE OF SHARP CRITICISM FROM BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, INDICATING THAT THEY SIDED WITH MILITARY LEADERS ON THE CONDUCT OF THE AIR WAR AGAINST NORTH VIETNAM.

    ONE CRITIC OF THE DEFENCE SECRETARY'S POLICY WAS SENATOR STUART SYMINGTON (DEMOCRAT), FROM MISSOURI.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4F29RND94ZN9EJGDRGGDFG2DG
    Media URN:
    VLVA4F29RND94ZN9EJGDRGGDFG2DG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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