• Short Summary

    SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (FRIDAY), U.S. DEFENCE SECRETARY ROBERT MCNAMARA, LEFT IMMEDIATELY?

  • Description

    SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN SAIGON YESTERDAY (FRIDAY), U.S. DEFENCE SECRETARY ROBERT MCNAMARA, LEFT IMMEDIATELY FOR HIS FIRST ROUND OF TALKS AT THE AMERICAN ARMY HEADQUARTERS. (IN PEKING, THE NEW CHINA NEWS AGENCY SAID HIS TRIP WAS CERTAIN TO BE FOLLOWED BY AN ESCALATION OF THE VIETNAM WAR. IT ALLEGED HE HAD GONE THERE AGAIN TO "DEVISE WAYS AND MEANS OF ESCALATING THE WAR OF AGGRESSION").

    MR. MCNAMARA, ON A FIVE-DAY VISIT TO THE WAR ZONE, IS HERE ON HIS NINTH ON-THE-SPOT STUDY TOUR OF VIETNAM. HE WAS BRIEFED ON MILITARY AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS BY AMERICAN MILITARY COMMANDER, GENERAL WILLIAM WESTMORELAND AND AMBASSADOR ELLSWORTH BUNKER. ALSO PRESENT WERE THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE NICHOLAS KATZENBACH AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL EARLE WHEELER.

    GENERAL WESTMORELAND TOLD MR. MCNAMARA THAT INCREASE PRESSURE SHOULD BE EXERTED ON NORTH VIETNAMESE AND VIETCONG TROOPS BY "REINFORCING OUR MOUNTING SUCCESSES."
    THE GENERAL'S COMMENTS WERE SEEN AS SUPPORTING HIS REQUEST TO WASHINGTON FOR MORE COMBAT TROOPS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN AN INITIATIVE ??? NORTH VIETNAMESE AND VIETCONG FORCES IN THE SOUTH. (HE IS AUTHORITATIVELY REPORTED TO HAVE REQUESTED TWO MORE DIVISIONS FOR SOUTH VIETNAM BY MID-1968).

    IN AN OVER-ALL REVIEW OF THE VIETNAM SITUATION, AMBASSADOR BUNKER SAID: "WE HAVE HAD A GREAT MEASURE OF SUCCESS AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE GRADUALLY ACHIEVING OUR AIMS ???.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA5MU6INM79F2TWRF69OZUWVT9
    Media URN:
    VLVAA5MU6INM79F2TWRF69OZUWVT9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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