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Thursday, August 3, 1967 _7—Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines BLAMED FOR CONDUCT OF WAR, NOT CAUSE LBJ Vietnam Critics Miss Mark, Senator Says The Johnson administration has been taking a savape pummeling for the last year or more over our involvement in Vietnam. Much of this has been undeserved and very unfair. Some of it. such as the chant "LBJ, LBJ. how many kids have you killed today?" comes close to a new- low in mindless indecency. I resent that sort of attack on the President of the United States. But. far more important than the matter of taste and good manners is the fact that most of this criticism has been misdirected. It has been largely aimed at pinning upon Lyndon Johnr-on the responsibility for getting us into the mess in Vietnam, ignoring, and in some cases intending to divert, attention from, the responsibility of others and previous administrations. I suggest that when President Johnson took office there were fewer options open to the United States than during any previous administration back to and including that of President Truman. Before Mr. Johnson became president. American troops had been committed to the war in substantial numbers. Moreover, the United States had acquiesced in, if it did not actually encourage, the overthrow of the Diem government on the ground that a better successor government could be found; thereby, as one observer recently pointed out, the United States had incurred for the first time a moral responsibility in Vietnam. President Johnson can hardly be charged with major responsibility for involving us in Vietnam. We were already deeply involved when he entered the White House. FURTHERMORE, I HAVE come, reluctantly, to be more and more firmly convinced that at no time during the Johnson administration has there been, and that there is not now, any real opportunity for negotiated settlement of the war except on the basis of giving up U.S. objectives. And so the criticism that Mr. Johnson has been unwilling to negotiate or has ''hardened his bargaining position" is, I believe, unjustified. I do not like criticism to be unfair whether it is directed at a member of my own party or another. But the really serious thing about these unwarranted attacks on Mr. Johnson is that they have largely obscured his failures in the conduct of the Vietnam war. The attention of the public and of the critics has been diverted from the serious inadequacies and shortfalls in the Administration operations in Vietnam. These inadequacies and shortfalls are the direct responsibility of President Johnson. Unless they are corrected there is grave danger that the whole effort in South Vietnam will collapse. Less than a month ago, Ward Just, a reporter for the Washington Post, ended a stint of 18 months in Vietnam with the following grim assessment: "This war is not being won, and by any reasonable estimate, it is not going to be won in the foreseeable future. It may be unwinnable." Ward Just is one of a number of highly perceptive .American newspapermen whose reports, individually and collectively, afford by far the best picture one can get of what is actually going on in Vietnam and what the future holds in that unhappy country. Everything I saw during my recent visit to Southeast Asia and in conversations with a variety of people both before, during, and since my visit, confirms the basic soundness of Ward Just's sombe'r appraisal. Over-all, progress in the revolutionary development program is scarcely noticeable. A highly respected American w-ho had been working in the program and its predecessors for years was asked recently by a group of newsmen at a farewell gathering how long it would take to win the hearts and minds of the South Vietnamese peasants. He ventured, with great hesitancy, that at the present rate of progress it might perhaps be done in 10 years. There are a number of reasons for this and i shall discuss some of them shortly. BEFORE I DO, HOWEVER- it is necessary to dispel any idea that there is some quick and relatively easy way out. And here we have to remember that the question before us now is not whether we should have gotten into Vietnam in the first place. We did intercede and our present choices are even more limited now than those faced by Mr. Johnson at the outset of Ms administration. They are, in brief, to withdraw, to escalate, or to stick it out. I do not believe that we can withdraw. I came to this position with great reluctance because, like so many Americans, I had been hoping against hope that I would find it possible in some way to justify our cutting our losses and ending our involvement in Vietnam at one stroke. But as Edwin 0. Reischauer, our former Ambassador to Japan, has written: "We have allowed the stakes to escalate, until now our withdrawal would seriously shake confidence in our word and would be interpreted as a great triumph for the Communist program of immediate world revolution. This in turn would encourage further warfare and instability throughout Asia. "If we withdraw ... we are likely to have to pay a much greater price in the long run, since this would "encourage more guerrilla 'wars of national liberation' and discourage those who would withstand them. The least unsatisfactory course would seem to be our present one of limited warfare to pacify South Vietnam, and economic and political development to build up a government and society more resistant to internal subversion. But this will be at best a long, slow and painful process." Even such a critic of U. S. policy as David Halberstam, former New York Times correspondent in Vietnam, has noted: "Any decision we make in Vietnam will be watched closely and will affect other countries in the area." By Sen. Clifford B. Case (From a July 10 Senate speech) This is true, and it illustrates a positive side of our pol- In my discussions with citizens and officials of a number of countries in Southeast Asia outside Vietnam I found substantial evidence that China's neighbors have taken heart from our commitment to help preserve the independence of South Vietnam. There is at least the begiiinir," of a movement toward regional cooperation pnmarilv now in economic mattters. but which holds promise o't tne eventual emergence of an effective Asian force for the protection of tne independence of the nations in that area. But if we cannot pull out, what of escalation? I am convinced that escalation of the war carries verv great risks with little, if any, increased prospect of success. That is why I have urged — and I still urge — that we confine the bombing of targets in North Vietnam to those having a direct bearing on the infiltration of men and supplies into South Vietnam. Similarly, I very much doubt that the answer to Hanoi and the Viet Cong is a substantial increase in American military manpower in South Vietnam over that now scheduled as, it is said, the President is being told by his military advisers. ... . The essential - and still largely missing - factor in letnam is security for the villages and hamlets in which most of the people live. The security that is lacking is no ess psychological than physical in kind; to provide security is, therefore, no less political than a military challenge It is, in short, an indigenous problem to "which there must be an indigenous solution. Only the Vietnamese can Go tne job. * IN FACT, HOWEVER, they are not doing it - not yet With some notable exceptions, the military forces of South \ietnam. numbering more than 600,000, have thus far failed in this task. There are many reasons for this failure: weakness of motivation, inadequate and wrongly directed training too few good leaders at every level of command, a tradition of corruption. None of these is easy to remedy; weakness of motivation is perhaps the most difficult. This has many causes borne are long-standing and deep-rooted, such as regional and religious hostilities, and a traditional suspicion of central government. Some are more recently derived: low pay, for example; favoritism; the paucity of opportunity for advancement, and, perhaps most importantly, the failure of the current government to instill in the people an acceptance of Us legitimacy.and right to govern and a feeling that they have a stake in its success. To correct these conditions is enormously difficult though a start has been made. But both the South Vietnamese government and we have to do a great deal better if we are to win out. It is to this that we must direct our best efforts, rather than the substitution of Americans lor the Vietnamese. Subject to a clear demonstration by our defense experts of an overriding military necessity. 1 believe we should avoid the introduction of additional American forces beyond those presently scheduled. This conclusion is by no means mine alone; it accords with tii» vie«s of g number of the best informed and most experienced persons with whom 1 have discussed the subject in recent months, both at home and during my visit to the Far East. Our goal must be to insist upon maximum effectiveness of both civilian and military resources of South Vietnam in the "long, slow and painful process" of helping the government of South Vietnam to bring security and stability to its people and to win their confidence and support. I'pon "ur success in this depends the attainment of the very objective we seek — the establishment of an independent and viable nation in South Vietnam. What this administration needs, then, is not more berating for having gotten us into the Vietnamese war or for its alleged unwillingness to negotiate or its asserted insensitivity to signs of willingness to negotiate on the part of the enemy. What it needs is for all of us to concentrate on the kind of a job it is doing in its conduct of the total war effort. Here its responsibility is its own and its accountability is total. Finally, a problem that has plagued Americans in South Vietnam from the beginning is still unresolved. We must corne to grips with it. and quickly, too. The problem is how much influence we should attempt to exercise upon the South Vietnamese leaders to get them to do the things we are convinced must be done if our common goal is to be realized. * I THINK WE MUST, once and for all. make up our minds that we must exercise the full weight of our influence on every important issue, whether it be to restrain the personal ambitions of military leaders, to force reforms both in the civilian and military establishments, to reduce the corruption and get rid of the corruptors, to limit censorship to a minimum instead of permitting its use without restraint as a campaign tool and for other improper purposes, to restore vigor, discipline, and morale to the Vietnamese armed forces and get them doing their job. All this and much more must be accomplished if we are not to see the whole Vietnamese effort bog down in complete chaos and eventual failure with effects which will last for decades and will be felt far beyond that remote and relatively tiny area of the world. We have, and we must maintain, the right to withdraw from Vietnam if it is clear that despite our best efforts the Vietnamese themselves will not permit the accomplishment of the objectives we both seek. This would be a catastrophe. But there is little, if any chance to prevent catastrophic failure in South Vietnam except by using all our influence and all our efforts in the ways I have indicated. If this is done, I believe that this most difficult undertaking can succeed. DOMESTIC PROBLEM NASSER HAD IT COMING Iowa FaJIs Citizen - The final chapters of the current Israeli-Arab conflict are yet to be written, but this nasty business should do much to diminish the influence of Egypt's President Nasser in the Middle East. Has a loud-mouth bully ever been more soundly thrashed ? Perhaps all of this will cause the nationalists to stick to their own back and leave Israel alone. If the United Nations can make its cease- fire demand stick, this should have the effect. Arab yards too, of giving its prestige a badly-needed shot in the arm. And it is interesting to note that the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Arthur Goldberg, handled this country's role in the Security Council with rare finesse. Imagine Goldberg's difficulty as a Jew working face-to-face with representatives of the Arab nations. In his first critical role at the U.N., Goldberg came through with flying colors. In fact, the diplomatic behavior of the United States throughout this crisis has been considerably better than we might have expected in light of some of the stumbles in Europe and the Far East. 10YEHRS AGO IN TWI ings continued to provide discomfort most of the week. The low reading at the Algona airport v. as a 57, while highs reached into the nineties lor three days and didn't drop below 80. - o - FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES August 1, 19C7 The farm area northwest <ii Swea City was the prime target of wind and a thunderstorm that moved quickly in and out of Kossuth county. Winds of high velocity flattened beans and corn in many fields near Swta City, knocked dov,ii tree branches in the area, and flooded highway 'j with a foot of water in Sv/ea City. Streets were jammed with water and debris in Algeria for a while and the temperature dropped from a red-hot 95 degrees to 74 within a half hour. However, downright hot thermometer read- rov.lv when mower, in cJi ' McCiurt farm clear it. Oil his t n Crouch, Seneca nar- escaped serious injury is trousers tecaine taii- the pov.fcr takeoff on a He was helping with work ats field v.i the Forest It:; the accident '_'.•: sickle oij the ''..'-. jumped oil to as clin, '.s~i\ bai'. :ls irouse. 1 iua wii taktoif. bruises .-. surprise t received by M: Kain, Algoua, sons, Robert were both in the Navy, from Hong Kong, China. The call was made by radio telephone and took just 15 minutes to go through. The Kain boys were on a destroyer making a good will tour, and expected to be back in the states by the last of September. - o - Algona had two representations in the annual Titonka Indian Days parade. A clown told, led by Dick Post, arid including Al Buchanan, Bill Steele, Curley Pratt, Russ Guster, Jim Wychor, Ted Herbst and Don Cook took part, and the Algoua Shrine Club had a dozen members riding the unit's own fire engine of ancient vintage. - o - Mr. aid Mrs. Roman V.'tthel- iiii aiid Jo Ann, Bancroft, returned ii'j'ji a sight-seeing trip to the west toiisi. While there they spw;! a lew day £ at Walla '.Valla, V.tsUigTo:, with Mr. and Mrs. DID ir EVER OCCUR TO YOU TO 60 ON A DIET? 8lsona Upper 111 E. Call Street — Ph. 295-S5S5 — Algeria, Zip Code 50511 ESTABLISHED 1865 OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY CITY OF ALGONA NATION At NEWSPAPER ~~\& John Reding, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reding, St. Joe, was selected to represent Humboldt county at the ninth annual State leadership training conference for young people at state 4-H camp held at Boone. John would be a senior at St. Joseph's school tliis fall. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zeimet, Livermore, hail a phone call from California from their son, Cpl. Marvin Zeimet, who had just arrived in the states after 15 months of Marine service overseas. He expected to be home on leave soon. - o - Mr. and Mrs. George Jentz, Fenton, went to Arnes to attend the graduation exercises of their daughter Marilyn, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Jentz and Mrs. Ella Hanna also attended. Marilyn Jentz and two of her classmates left on a vacation trip to the east coast, intending to be gone for two weeks. and Majors Earl Legler and George W. Sefrit, Algona were among more than 240 army reserve officers and enlisted personnel from nine mid-western states who underwent two weeks active duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blumer, Sr., LuVerne, entertained their seven children and families at a picnic pot-luck dinner at their farm home. The dinner honored their new grandson, Jeffrey Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wilcox, Eagle Grove, who was baptized that morning. Sponsors were Robert G.H. Blumer, Lu Verne, and Mr. and Mrs. Norland Blumer, Eagle Grove. 20YEHRS AGO IN TWI ALGONA COMMUNITY SCHOOL ISSUED TUEDAY & THURSDAY & NORTH IOWA SHOPPER THURSDAYS: Newspapers entered as Second Class Matter at the post office in Algona, Iowa EDITORIAL U. J3. WALLER, Editor & Publisher Don Smith, Managing Editor ADVERTISING Denny Waller Russ Kt-llcy Jack Purcell, Foreman 1 1 SUBSCRIPTION RATES In Kossuth County and adjoining areas To all other addresses in United States or Foreign (No subscriptions less than six months) $5.00 per year $7.00 per year Tiie Idle Hour Club of Lone Rock held its July meeting at the Fenton park with a potluck lunch. Lorena Vollmer and Myrtle Krause had charge of the entertainment. The- following new officers were installed: Gladys O'Doimell, president; Arlene Salz, vice president; Ella Cherland, secretary and treasurer; arid Florence Faber, historian. - o- Three men from this area, * r , G Lt. Col. John B. Wilson Burt- FROM THE FILES OF THE UPPER DES MOINES August 7, 19-17 Salina Hantelmau of Fentoa expected to leave about Aug. 10 for New York City from which port she would sail for Heidelburu, Germany, headquarters for American overseas school service. Miss Hantelman would then be assigned to an elementary school to teach children of American occupational forcos in thu American occupied zone. Shu would be gone for at Joust a yim- and was instructed to purchutiu enough clothing for a year's stay. - o - While .17 inches of rain fell, it slowed down but did not halt the devastating heat wave. For three days the temperatures were at the 100 degree mark. Low for the week was 62 degrees, and the small amount of rain that fell was the first since July 12. A hot weather note from Ray Irons said he took ten baths one day, but only one of them was in a tub. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Joe Zanke and Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Trunkhill, Burt, returned home from a trip to Yellowstone Park and the Black Hills. They also visited Mrs. Trunkhill's brother at Philip, S. D. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Gronwall and son Tommy came from Centerville, S.D. to spend a week with the former's mother, Mrs. Hilda Gronwall, Algona. - o - Mary Frances Carney, Algona, entertained six friends at a party in honor of Meredith Raney who was soon to be married to Bob Holzhammer. The St. Thomas Guild was holding a pantry shower at the home of Mary Fraser in honor of Miss Raney also. - o - A weird sight was slated to be held at the Algona Athletic park. An "Ozark Donkey Ball Game" was to take place between the Lions Club and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The general idea seemed to have the players ride donkeys around the bases, field on donkeys, etc. The Lions first team consisted of Bob McCullough, Ted Chrischilles, Frank Moulton, Dick Sorenson, Doc Richardson and Rex Taylor. - o - Argil Pettit, sou of Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Pettit, Lone Rock, had the misfortune to run into a scythe while at play and cut a bad gash in his right shoulder. It required three clamps to close the wound. The Misses Dorothy Gabrielson, Patricia ami Joan Lickteig, Sexton, attended the Governor's Day culobratioii at Clear Lake and reported a wonderful timi> in .spite of the heat. - o - Mrs. Hmnui Smith, the Emory Smiths, Otto Koppeii, thu Orvillu Koppeiib, the Wayuu Kuppoas, Uio Ed Ilagijos, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Julius, l^ikotu, went to WorthlugUm, Minn, for thu Smith family reunion. - o - Mr. and Mr«. Kuy uiul Bully, Mr. tuul Mm. Dodds, Alden Reid and his mother, Mrs. Ida Reid, and Mr. and Mrs. James Knoll, Union twp., attended the Methodist Bible Conference and enjoyed a picnic dinner at the Rev. Kitterman cottage. - o - Mr. and Mrs. Jim Long, Lone Rock, finished moving in to the home they had just recently built, and Mr. and Mrs, C.F. Schultz moved into the house vacated by the Longs. - o - Students from Iowa State Teachers College summer school session who spent the weekend with home folks at Swea City were Howard Smith, junior high teacher at Shell Rock, with the Floyd Smiths; Rose Ellen Ditsworth, who was preparing for elementary teaching, with the Walter Ditsworths; and Forrest Hannifan, Jr., who would be coaching at Fenton during the coming school year, with Ms wife and son. - o - Mary Amunsori, daughter of the A.W. Amunsons, and Patricia Lynch, daughter of the Joe Lynchs, Algona, left for Kansas City where they would have a year's internship in medical technology. - o - A Mitchell family reunion was held at the Arie Dittmer home at Burt. Those present included Mr. and Mrs. Lester Mitchell and son, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Norvil Mitchell, Fairfield; the Otto Harlans, Edmund Larsons, Quinten Bjustroms, Howard Sar- chets and the Verle Harlans of Ames. Are Bonding North Iowa Ducks Now Summer waterfowl banding operations began last week in northern Iowa, the State Conservation Commission's biology section said today. Several crews are "night lighting" on state-owned marshes in northwest and north central Iowa, Biologists capture ducks at night by using spotlights and dip nets. Kight banding operations will continue until late August. Conservation personnel are banding three species of ducks - teal, mallards, and wood ducks, with the majority of them being teal. The banding operations are expected to yield data on migrations, hunting mortality, sex and age of ducks. Other surveys and data collected throughout the year, together with the banding data, provide information needed by biologists and game managers to set regulations for waterfowl seasons. Professional Directory INSURANCE ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines Of Insurance 295-3176 206 E. State BLOSSOM INSURANCE AGENCY General Insurance 7 N. Dodge 295-2735 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 5 N. Dodge 295-5443 Home — Automobile — Farm Polio Insurance HERBST INS. AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms. Phone 295-3733 Ted S. Herbst KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $74,000,000 worth of insurance in force. Phone 295-3756. Lola Scuffham, Sec'y. SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. Sundet and Larry C. Johnson 118 So. Dodge — Algona, la. Phone 295-2341 Printing UPPER DES MOINES PUBLISHING CO. Ill East Call — Algona Phone 295-3535 Chiropractor DR. M. R. BALDWIN Summer Office Hours MOD. - Tucs, - Wed. - Fri. 8:30 - 5:00 Thurs. - Sat, — 8:30 - 12:00 Krklay Evenings — 6:30 - 8:30 Farm Mgmnt. 1 DOCTORS MELVIN G. BOURNE. M.D. Physician & Surgeon 118 N. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Phone 295-2277 J. N. KENEFICK. M.D. Physician & Surgeon 218 W. State Street Office Phone 295-2353 Residence Phone 295-2614 JOHN M. SCHUTTER, M.D. Residence Phone 295-2335 DEAN F. KOOB. M.D. Physicians & Surgeons 220 No. Dodge, Algona Office Phone 295-2408 Residence Phone 295-5917 DENTISTS DR. J. B. HARRIS, JR. Dentist At 622 E. State Phone 295-2334 DR. J. G. CLAPSADDLE Dentist At 112 N. Thorington Phone 295-2244 for Appointment W.L v CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY »Vt N, Dodge DR. L. L. SNYDER 113 East State Algona Telephone 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON Eyes Examined — Contact Lenses — Hearing Aid Glasses 9 East State Street Phone 295-2196 Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Closed Saturday Afternoons DR. DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual .Analysis and Visual training Contact Lenses 108 So. Harlan. Algona Phone 295-3743 MISCELLANiEO^ Credit Bureau of Ko$suth County Collectrite Service Kaetbilt Reports

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