American President Lyndon Johnson makes a dramatic call for more forces to Vietnam.
United States of America & Vietnam.
Title reads 'Strength and the Striving for Peace'.
CU. American President Lyndon Johnson at microphone delivering a speech - natural sound. He says: "We have learned at a terrible and a brutal cost, that retreat does not bring safety and weakness does not bring peace. And it is this lesson that has brought us to Vietnam".
GV. American wooded countryside. GV. Flyover highway system. MS. Modern American train. LS. Golden Gate bridge. Top shot, Manhattan. People walking and picnicking at one of America's national parks. MS. Man fishing from edge of lake. MV. Pan down a palm tree onto tropical beach. Voiceover talks about the need to help defend 'the small and valiant nation' - Vietnam.
Cut back to President Johnson continuing his speech: "What are goals in that war stained land? First we intend to convince the Communist that we cannot be defeated by force of arms or by superior power. Second, once the Communists know, as we know, that a violent solution is impossible, then a peaceful solution is inevitable".
LS. New York street with illuminated sign telling news on draft increase. Various shots of the newspapers arriving at stalls, the headlines read 'Draft Doubled'. GV. Front of US Army building in New York. Various shots of young volunteers queuing to enrol, they start to fill in the enrolment forms. MS. Instructor telling them what to do. CU. Sign 'Oath Room'. MS. Recruits with their hands raised taking oaths.
Various shots of the helicopters ready for jungle sorties in Vietnam. MS. F-105 Thunderchief aircraft on tarmac. Air to air shot of Thunderchief flying low and dropping bombs. Air to air shot of group of Thunderchiefs in flight. Ground to air shot of B 52 Jet bomber 'Flying Fortress' flying over. Several shots of tanks on ground. Air shot of wooded area in Vietnam.
CU. President Johnson continues his speech: "We are ready as we have always been to move from the battlefields to the conference table. I stated publicly and many times again and again America's willingness to begin unconditional discussions with any governments at any place at any time. Fifteen efforts have been made to start these discussions with the help of forty nations throughout the world but there has been no answer. But we are going to continue to persist if persist we must until death and desolation has led to the same conference table for others to now join us, and at much smaller cost."
Various shots of the Vietnamese village and town. Several shots of the lorries with US troops moving along Vietnamese countryside. Various shots of the American troops and doctors helping Vietnamese villagers, attending sick and teaching young.
Date found in the old record - 02/08/1965.