The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on August 29, 1967 · Page 12
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 12

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, August 29, 1967
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WASHINGTON BY JACK ANDERSON - LBJ HOPES VIETNAM ELECTIONS WILL PROVIDE OUR WAY OUT - WASHINGTON - President Johnson is pinning his hopes for a Vietnam peace, say in-- siders, upon the South Vietnamese elections next month. The principal purpose of the elections, in LBJ's view, is to legitimize the South Vietnamese government. Then the United States can turn over to the new government the task of seeking a settlement. The President is said to be willing to leave the truce negotiations up to the Vietnamese, North and South, who speak the same language and should determine their own future. American forces would remain in the country, of course, as long as the new government needed them to prevent the North from imposing a military settlement upon the South. It was to preserve the freedom of South Vietnam that the United States was asked to send in troops, not to wage aggressive war against North Vietnam. The bombing of the North was ordered to relieve the military pressure on American soldiers. President Johnson feels, according to insiders, that the South Vietnamese must run their country. The alternative would be for the United States to take over the government, thus turning South Vietnam into an American colony. This would be unacceptable to the American people, let alone the world at large, the President believes. Meanwhile, President Johnson hopes that the American people will not expect the new government to become a model democracy overnight. It will be no better than its leaders, who should be chosen by the Vietnamese, not the Americans. Note - The President is deeply disturbed over Congressional criticism of the Vietnam elections. The critics are taking the same line as the communists— namely, that the elections are rigged — which could undermine the world confidence in the new government. To counteract this, President Johnson is thinking about asking several prominent Americans to observe the elections. He also hopes to meet with the newly-elected leaders, probably in October. He will urge them to take full charge of their own country and to seek an all-Vietnamese settlement with the North. - o - LEAKY SUBMARINES The admirals don't talk about it, but most of their non-nuclear submarines are no longer watertight. Of the Navy's 73 conventional subs, two thirds are World War n vintage. They not only are obsolete, but many leak when they submerge. In some cases the leaks are dangerous. One submarine skipper told this column that he was drenched while manning his periscope. Seawater seeped through the periscope fittings. But despite Uie danger, he added, morale is high in "the silent service." Note - The Navy also has CD nuclear submarines, all safely watertight. - o - - SKINNING THE TAXPAYER - Congressional economizers are no match for the hardbitten bureaucrats who have learned that there are nine ways to skin a taxpayer. The federal bureaucracy has become so heavily populated that Congress, in alarm, has set manpower limits. But the bosses, whose advancement depends upon their ability to collect new subordinates, haven't been the least deterred. Instead of doing their own hiring, they merely engage private contractors to perform the extra services. In this way, the bosses can expand their payrolls without adding new employees. The additional employees technically work for the contractors, not the government. This has produced a whole new complex of technical service companies, whose sole function is to provide the bureaucracy with manpower that it has been forbidden to hire. The taxpayers wind up, as usual, with the thorny end of the stick. They not only pay management fees to the companies; they also pay the employees higher salaries than the same workers would earn if they had been hired directly by the government. One Congressman who has caught onto the trick is Virginia's Porter Hardy, Jr., who, as a starter, tried to require cost studies of NASA's technical service contracts. But he failed to reckon with Edward R. Wagner, whom the new technical service companies have hired to handle their Washington relations. Wagner deftly pulled strings inside the -Senate-House conference to block Hardy's reform. MACHINERY AUCTION SALE STARTS 10:30 A.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 29 60 TRACTORS 40 COMBINES 24 TRUCKS & PICKUPS $150,000 WORTH OF GOOD USED FARM EQUIPMENT OF ALL KINDS PALO ALTO CO. IMPLEMENT CO. EMMETSBURG CLARK, CLARK AND BENSON, AUCTIONEERS Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1967 Algona (la.) Upper Des Moines-5 - NEGRO MAKES GOOD The Naval Academy has learned that poverty is no handicap to a Ne^rro with determination. The admirals opposed the appointment of Midshipman Robert J. Richardson, Jr., whose parents are on relief in Chicago, fearing he couldn't make the grade. Hut Capitol Hill's venerable, 83-year-old Negro dean, Rep. Bill Dawson, D-D!., pushed the appointment through. Richardson entered the academy last June. He is now fifth in his class. - o - - MACARTHUR'S ERHOK REMEMBERED BY GENERALS- Scarcely 17 years ago, Gen. Douglas MacArthur began his confident thrust into North Korea. The story of what happened as his troops pushed toward the Chinese border is available in secret documents which no longer involve any military security. The Supreme Commander didn't think the Chinese would enter the war. Although his intelligence had detected a Chinese troop build-up in Manchuria, lie assured the Joint Chiefs this was "not an immediate index or warlike intentions." Less assured, the Joint Chiefs flashed their concern to Mac- Arthur by trlecon across the Pacific. Tlifir mossa'/.r, No. TT-:)8-18, <lat"d October 1, IDfiO, warned: "The exists for Chinese communist forces tu n|)eiily intervene in the Korean War if U. N. forces cross the 38th parallel." Hut MacArthur, hard on the scent of victory, was driving northward. Hy Octi.lior 7 lie was in North Korea. Hy the, month's end his forces were fanned out across the top of North Korea, approaching the Yalu. He was mopping up the last pockets of resistance when the Chinese suddenly thundered down upon Korea. MacArthur at first refused to telieve what was happening. Four days after the Eighth Army's northward push had been brought to a jolting halt, he advised the joint chiefs in message No. C-G825, dated November 3, 1950, against "hasty conclusions which might be premature." But lie became convinced as the Chinese drove a wedge between his Eighth Army and Tenth Corps, forcing retreats. On December 7, Pearl Harbor Day, a desperate MacArthur drew up plans for evacuating Korea. 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