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    U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENCE ROBERT MCNAMARA RETURNED FROM SOUTH VIETNAM ON SATURDAY AND GAVE PRESIDENT?

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    GV PLANE TAXIES
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    LV AIRPORT
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    SV MCNAMARA OFF PLANE
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    CV MCNAMARA WALKS, SPEAKS TO REPORTER
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    SV MCNAMARA TALKS TO REPORTERS
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    SV WHITE HOUSE
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    LV CAR DRIVES UP RUSK GETS OUT PAN TO HADPIMAN
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    SV ANOTHER CAR.. MCCONE GETS OUT
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    SV MCCONE WALKS IN DOOR, PAN TO WINDOW
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    Background: U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENCE ROBERT MCNAMARA RETURNED FROM SOUTH VIETNAM ON SATURDAY AND GAVE PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON AN UP-TO-DATE REPORT ON THE WAR THERE. HE TOLD THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER HIGH OFFICIALS THAT VIETCONG GUERILLAS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE RECENT CONFUSION THAT FOLLOWED THE OVERTHROW OF PRESIDENT NGO DIEM ON NOVEMBER 2. DURING IT THEY OVERRAN "A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER" OF STRATEGIC HAMLETS.

    AFTER THE HOURLONG BRIEFING AT THE WHITE HOUSE, SPOKESMEN SIGNIFICANTLY FAILED TO REITERATE EARLIER U.S. STATEMENTS THAT THE MAJOR PART OF U.S. MILITARY TASKS IN VIETNAM COULD BE COMPLETED BY 1965. MR MCNAMARA REFUSED TO ANSWER REPORTERS' QUESTIONS ABOUT IT.

    THE NEW MILITARY JUNTA IN VIETNAM MET MR MACNAMARA THREE TIMES DURING HIS TWO-DAY VISIT. HE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY JOHN MCCONE, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY AND OTHER TOP-RANKING OFFICIALS.

    AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING, MR MCNAMARA COMMENTED:
    "WE REVIEWED IN GREAT DETAIL THE PLANS OF THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE AND PLANS OF OUR OWN MILITARY ADVISERS FOR OPERATIONS DURING 1964. WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THEY WILL BE SUCCESSFUL."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA810RNZZ0E41DOXJ5911N6MR0G
    Media URN:
    VLVA810RNZZ0E41DOXJ5911N6MR0G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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