• Short Summary

    President Richard Nixon, in a sharp departure from the previous conduct of the war in Southeast Asia, announced on Thursday night (30 April) that he was sending United States combat troops into Cambodia for the first time.

  • Description

    President Richard Nixon, in a sharp departure from the previous conduct of the war in Southeast Asia, announced on Thursday night (30 April) that he was sending United States combat troops into Cambodia for the first time. Mr. Nixon made his 22 minute statement about the war in Vietnam and Cambodia in a nationally televised address.

    The President described the action as "not an invasion of Cambodia" but a necessary extension of the Vietnam war designed to eliminate a major Communist staging and communications area. Thus it is intended to protect the lives of American troops and shorten the war, he asserted. The President further described the action as "indispensable" for the continued success of his program of Vietnamization -- under which he has been withdrawing American ground combat troop as the burden of fighting is shifted to the South Vietnamese.

    President Nixon's rhetoric was tough, probably the toughest of his tenure in office and he appeared both grim and determined as he delivered his talk while sitting at his desk in the Ovil Office of the White House.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9GKO9SJWVKREFZQAZUAXEQB05
    Media URN:
    VLVA9GKO9SJWVKREFZQAZUAXEQB05
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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