The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 17, 1967 · Page 6
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6-Algona (Id.) Upper Dot Molnw Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1967 WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round WASHINGTON - The White HOIISP has received a very significant cable from Ambassador Kllsworth Blinker in Saigon wliicli highlights the obstacles President Johnson faces in negotiating peace. The telegram was received just before Johnson's speech in San Antonio in which he went further than ever before regarding a bombing pause; and though Bunker's cable was discouraging, the Prc^riont made his speech ;uiy- u.r,. What Ambassador Bunker reported on was his talks with a member of the International Commission who had just arrived from North Vietnam. This official had traveled all over the country, had talked with the most influential members of the North Vietnamese cabinet, and reported there was no chance whatsoever of Ho Chi Minh's accepting a peace bid. The North Vietnamese are convinced our next election will result in a Republican victory. The cable read, in brief, all they have to do is wait until after November, 1968, when the new Republican President will do what Eisenhower did in Korea. The neutral commissioner said the North Vietnamese had read Republican speeches criticizing Johnson and are convinced he will lose. Therefore they are adamant against any peace talks now. The neutral official also reported that there wasn't the remotest possibility of North Vietnam's accepting the four-point Canadian proposal made to Hanoi through diplomatic channels and later publicly presented at the United Nations. - o - - THE PRESIDENT'S MOOD - It was after reading this pessimistic report that President Johnson made his speech in San Antonio offering to talk with Ho Chi Minn personally or have Secretary of State Rusk talk with any high member of the North Vietnamese government. In this speech, for the first time, the President did not demand a hard and fast agreement from North Vietnam that it would not ship supplies and men south during a bombing pause, but said he "presumed" this would not be done. Receipt of this latest report from Ambassador Bunker has convinced the President that he is in for a long, tough military battle in Southeast Asia and a long, tough political battle at home. He doesn't see any way to get around the former and he is reconciled to the latter. He figures the Republicans will pound on the war more and more as apolitical issue. They have found it far more effective than any domestic issue; so he expects them to keep on pounding. However, he plans to sit out the pounding. History, he figures, will judge the wisdom of his policy; and he isn't afraid of what the historians will write. - o - PICKING THE TARGETS - Secretary of Defense McNamara and the Joint Chiefs of DREW PEARSON Staff have pretty much reconciled their differences over bombing targets in North Vietnam, each by giving a little. The Joint Chiefs have taken 30 targets to which McNamara objected off their list, and McNamara has okayed the remainder of the list. Late in summer, the Secretary of Defense had testified that the worthwhile targets were about exhausted, and this brought a stentorian blast from Sen. John Stennis, D-Miss.. chairman of the Senate Preparedness Committee. Stennis sided with the military leaders of the Pentagon. Since then, however, the joint chiefs have trimmed their sails. They have yielded on the Haiphong docks, regarding which both Rusk and McNamara are adamantly opposed, plus certain other much smaller targets. McNamara objected to bombing one tire plant because only 30 tires were being produced daily. He argued that this wasn't worth either the risk of American pilots' lives or Vietnamese civilian life. He also opposed bombing such small targets as trucks standing under trees. On the other hand some targets have been put back on the list, such as bridges which have been rebuilt and power plants which have been reconstructed. Targets are selected in conferences attended by both Rusk and McNamara, where either can object. Objections don't result in acrimonious arguments. Usually it's the Secretary of State more than the Secretary of Defense who will say, "I'd like to study that one further"; or the Secretary of Defense who will say, "That one isn't worth the risk of lives involved." When they do object, the targets are automatically removed from the list until the next meeting. The President has never yet okayed a target to which Rusk or McNamara objected. Secretary McNamara's personal relations with the joint chiefs are good. Gen. Earle Wheeler, chairman, and Gen. Harold Johnson, Chief of Staff of the Army, together with Gen. John McConnell, Chief of the Air Force, and Adm. David McDonald, Chief of Naval Operations, are all likeable, reasonable men. If s the generals and admirals down the line who don't like McNamara. It's not a personal matter, but rather the fact that for the first time in history the Secretary of Defense is a tough, highly intelligent executive who knows his business and is definitely running the Defense Department. The joint chiefs, torn between McNamara whom they like and their generals and admirals who don't like him, instinctively are loyal to their own officers. - o - - ANLBJ POLL- A group of prominent New Yorkers, not satisfied with some of the current polls, financed a New York poll of their own on the question of how Lyndon Johnson would run against top Republican candidates. They found that he easily led Richard Nixon, Gov. Romney, Gov. Reagan and Sen. Percy. Gov. Nelson Rockefeller was not included in the poll because of his apparent determination not to run and the determination of so many Republicans not to nominate him even if he changed his mind. The poll was conducted by "Political Surveys and Analysis, Inc.," of Princeton, N. J., during September, and was taken separately in New York State, which the Republicans control, and New York City, which the Democrats control. Johnson ran strong both upstate and in New York City, though stronger in the city. Unlike some other polls which have lumped the Republican candidates together, this one was taken man for man, between Johnson and eacli individual Republican. The poll on Nixon vs. Johnson was especially significant inasmuch as many Republican leaders figure the ex-Vice President will end up as the party's final choice. The Princeton poll showed Johnson running 60 to Nixon's 23 in New York City and 47 to Nixon's 38 in New York State. The pollsters broke down the people polled by sex, religion, color and age. This showed that Nixon rated only 7 per cent among Jewish voters against Johnson's 81. He rated 14 per cent among Negro and Puerto Rican voters against Johnson's 71 per cent; and in the age brackets Johnson rated 53 per cent in the 21-39 year group against Nixon's 30 per cent, 54 against Nixon's 30 in the 40- year-and-over group. Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois ran about the same as Nixon, 23 per cent in New York City as against Johnson's 59; and in upstate New York, 32 per cent against Johnson's 45 per cent. Percy had a much higher vote with Jews than Nixon - 22 per cent, and with non-whites-19percent. Gov. Ronald Reagan of California scored 23 per cent in New York City as against Johnson's 60; and 34 in upstate New York as against Johnson's 52 percent. Catholics preferred Johnson by 52 against Reagan 33, though Reagan is a Catholic. Among Protestants, Reagan ran 29 per cent against Johnson's 56 per cent. Among young voters, Reagan rated 29 against Johnson's 55; and among voters over 40, Reagan rated 27 against Johnson's 57. Gov. Romney of Michigan rated only 21 in New York City as against Johnson's 58 per cent. In upstate New York Romney rated 37, higher than any other Republican candidate. Even so, Johnson topped him with a rating of 57 per cent. Of the four Republican candidates, Nixon and Reagan are considered hawks on Vietnam while Percy and Romney are considered doves. - o - HEADLINES AND FOOTNOTES East Germany has become the toughest communist nation in the bloc. When Henri Nannen sailed his yacht into Leningrad, he was able to tie up at the central dock and was treated with the utmost courtesy by the Russians. But when he tried to tie up at Ros- tock, East Germany, be was refused entry. . . . Nannen is the Stern magazine editor who won the law suit in the German courts giving him the right to print the uncut version of the Manchester book "The Death of a President." Last July Nannen spent a day at the LBJ ranch with the President. . . .Rep. Jim Key of West Virginia was on an inspection trip to the Texas flood areas when he missed the key budget- cutting vote. Key, one of the hardest working members of Congress, says he never saw anything so depressingly awesome as the 40,000 miles of lower Texas under water.. . .Rep. L.H. Fountain, D-N. C., was absent because he was appointed a U.S. delegate to the U. N. ... Tickets for Lynda Bird's wedding are going to be scarcer than Luci's. Luci was married in a virtual cathedral. Lynda Bird will be married in the White House East Room which holds 200 at the most . . . .Rep. Joseph Vigorito, D- Pa., the ex-college professor, has introduced a bill reo^iiring cigaret manufacturers to print a tough warning to smokers. Vigorito would go further than the present mild admonition and would make the warning read: "Danger! Cigaret smoking is dangerous to health and may cause death from cancer and other diseases." 90,000 MILES Lenard Wiley, Harlan City postal carrier, is retiring after walking 90,000 miles during his 31 years of employment by the Post Office department there. IS THE TIME TO BOOK YOUR Nutrena Cattle Feeds AT LOWEST POSSIBLE PRICES Early Order Discounts will Advance $1.00 per ton effective November 1st BOOK NOW lo have Feed delivered this month at the present low cost REMEMBER - ALL FEEDS ARE NOT ALIKE — SO WHY DON'T YOU FEED NUTRENA • • • • your neighbor does Cargill Incorporated Phone 295-2741 Algona, Iowa

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