President Lyndon Johnson said in a White House news conference Friday (4 Nov) that if General William Westmoreland -- the U.
President Lyndon Johnson said in a White House news conference Friday (4 Nov) that if General William Westmoreland -- the U.S. military commander of Viet Nam - asks for more United States troops, he will get them.
Mr. Johnson did say, however, that the United States and the other six nations represented at the Manila Conference, are ready to withdraw their troops from South Viet Nam...that is if North Viet Nam pulls her troops out.
The Manila Conference, he said, was "highly successful," for it demonstrated to the world that the seven nations there "are united to defeat aggression in Asia, to develop a new Asia with plenty and to try to further the search for peace."
When asked if he thought the Soviet Union wants the war in Viet Nam ended he said. "I have every reason to believe they want it stopped.
As to the recent Korean De-militarised Zone shooting incident, the President said the United States is filing a strong protest to North Korea. He added he hoped that the incident is not an "indication that North Korea is about to violate the terms of armistice."
The President, who looked rather robust, said he has to apprehensions about his forthcoming operation (two growths -- in the throat and in the gall bladder operation incision -- will be removed in about two weeks). He appointed out he will have some of the best physicians in the U.S. operating on him.
The President attacked former Vice-President Richard Nixon for his criticism of a Manila Conference resolution, which calls for the Allies to withdrew its troops from South Viet Nam in six months, Mr. Nixon had said such a withdrawal would be an invitation to the North Vietnamese to over run South Viet Nam.
Mr. Johnson said Mr. Nixon, doesn't serve his country well when he makes such sweeping statements just to pick up a few precincts in the forthcoming election.
This verbal blast was interpreted by most Washington observers as the President's strongest attack on any U.S. political figure since he took office.
Mr. Johnson left Washington on Friday for a two week stay at his Texas ranch. He said he has no plans to campaign for any Democratic candidates.