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WASHINGTON Merry* 60-Round DREW PEARSON WASHINGTON - The most crushing blow to U.S. military prestige in recent history occurred during the Korean War when the North Koreans, before Red China entered the fighting, almost succeeded in pushing General MacArthur's army into the sea. Only five years earlier the United States had come out of World War n with the most powerful Army, Navy and Air Force the world had ever seen; yet North Korea, with a population of only 12 million, came close to defeating us militarily, forcing us into a small beachhead in Southeast Korea within six short weeks. We held there, then were able to recapture lost ground and drive on into North Korea, until we reached the Yalu River and the Red Chinese entered the war, again forcing a U. S. retreat into South Korea. U.S. military prestige suffered tremendous damage throughout the war as a result. And now the North Vietnamese nation of 16 million, aided by a few hundred thousand Viet Cong in South Vietnam, not only has effectively defied U. S. military might during three years of bitter fighting, but has been able to filter through a U. S. force of 500,000 men, invade the U. S. Embassy in Saigon, and even attach the headquarters of General Westmoreland, supposedly Gibraltar of U. S. strength In South Vietnam. No matter how the Pentagon and General Westmoreland expalin the events of the past few days- and the current buildup for a North Vietnamese siege of the U.S. outpost at Khe Sanh - it is clear the U.S. military has been caught napping again, that U. S. prestige has suffered another tremendous setback, and most important - that despite all our military force and all the Pentagon strategists we still don't know what to do or how to do it in Vietnam. In this case, unlike Pearl Harbor, we had warning that the attacks were coming. We even knew the exact day. But we were still caught off guard. And statements by U. S. officials - in Washington and Saigon alike - that the attacks were defeats for the Viet Cong hardly will compensate for the clear fact that the Viet Cong again have made us the laughing stock of the world. - o - - REVERSING McNAMARA - Word of Secretary McNamara's resignation had scarcely reached Saigon before the American military command quietly sidetracked his plan to re-organize the South Vietnamese army. He wanted to train mobile Vietnamese striking forces, which could take over more of the fighting and permit American troops to begin a gradual withdrawal. The plan was first proposed in 1965 but was rejected by the U.S. commanders, who didn't want to resupply the Vietnamese with any additional sophisticated weapons. More important, they didn't want to admit that their 12- year training program had been a failure. They had trained the South Vietnamese army for old- fashioned warfare, and as a result, the Vietnamese troops had trouble adapting to guerrilla warfare. The American generals still insist that after the American withdrawal the biggest threat will be an invasion from North Vietnam. They want to leave a conventional South Vietnamese army. This suits the Vietnamese generals, who would lose much of their power under the reorganization plan. Therefore they, too, resisted any overhaul of their army. McNamara overruled all these objections last July and ordered the restraining of Vietnamese battalions to begin at once. The program, just getting underway, has now come to a stop - after news of McNamara's departure. - o - - PUEBLO GOOF- The success of North Korea in capturing the U.S. Navy's spy ship, the Pueblo, must also be classed as another colossal goof by the U.S. military. Whether the Pueblo was within North Korea's 12-mile limit, as they claim, or just outside the limit, as the U.S. claims, actually is of little importance compared to the fact that so valuable and so vulnerable a ship was sent so close to the enemy shore without protection, and that when North Korean patrol boats appeared nothing was done to prevent her capture. U.S. jets could have been on the scene within 15 minutes, yet not one was sent. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and caught both the Army and Navy completely asleep, General Short and Admiral Kimmel, as the officers in charge, were immediately relieved of their commands and disciplined - even though some of the fault could be traced back to Washington. . But neither in Vietnam nor the Pueblo incident is there any evidence that the military leaders in charge are to be held to account. During World War n, Gen. George Marshall as Chief of from HMORY'S SCRAPBOOK DATES AND EVENTS FROM YESTERYEARS STRONG CHURCHES.. "/ trill put nit/ trust in Him. " — Isiah 8:17 Speaking to the Hebrews, Paul the Apostle reminded that Christ was perfect through sufferings and remained ever faithful as the "Captain of . . . salvation." This by no means should be construed to the effect that Christ welcomed temptations and tribulations. The opposite is true. Christ suffered humility, pain, even death, because it was God's will and it was Cod's promise that mankind should have opportunity to earn salvation. Because Christ did "taste death for every man", there is a clear pathway to salvation. We make the first step when we place our faith and our trust in Cod. These Special Weekly Church Messages brought to you by the following PUBLIC-SPIRITED BUSINESSES: VAN'S CAFE Junction 18 and 169 ESSER DRY CLEANERS FREE Pick-up and Delivery Phone 295-2827 - Algpna, Iowa KELEHER & McADAMS CLOTHING Clothing for Men and Boys POST MOVING and STORAGE Local & Long Distance Phone 295-2275 - Algona, Iowa PIONEER HI-BRED CORN CO. Herb Hedlund, Production Manager Perry Collins, Experimental Mgr. METRONICS, INC. O. B. Harme* "Super Speed" Tools SWANSON'S - ALGONA "Where Shopping l» A Pleasure" COLONIAL MOTEL Junction 18 and 169 SHILTS BROWNBILT SHOE STORE "The Shoe Store That Takes Care of Your Feet" Telephone 295-5371 — Algona, Iowa BENNIE B. WIBBEN, Bldg. Contractor 122 S. Heckart St. - Algona, Iowa KLEIN'S FARM SUPPLY Wdyne Feeds — We Buy Eggs and Poultry 216 West State Street, 295-5206 ERNIE WILLIAMS John Deere Farm Equipment Highway 18 East - Tel. 295-3561 ALGONA VAULT SERVICE Algona, Iowa JOE BRADLEY EQUIPMENT Oliver - CMC Trucks - Gehl Firestone Tires — Stanhoist KOSSUTH MUTUAL INS, ASSN, Your Friend — Before and After the Fire ALGONA IMPLEMENT CO. Your Friendly IH Dealer - 295-3501 IH Trqctprj - Trucks - Farm Equipment to Bureau was created, February 9, 1870. The-railroad reached Sante Fe, N. M., February 9, 1880. Spain ceded Florida to England, February 10. 1763. McKinley signed treaty ending the Spanish-American War, February 10, 1899. The «« U '.,J?;. De P artment of Agriculture was created, February 11, 1889. Abraham Lincoln was born February 12, 1809. The U. S. motto, "E Pluribus Unum" was adopted, February 12, 1873. The U. S. Marine Corps, Women's Reserve, was founded, February 13, 1942. February 14 Is SL Valentine's Day. The Battleship Maine was sunk in Havana harbor, February 15,,1898. New York City was selected as home of the United Nations, February 15, 1946. Staff did not hesitate to act under like circumstances. If a general made mistakes and proved incompetent, he was recalled and sometimes fired. A total of 19 generals received such treatment. Later, Gen. MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander in the Far East, was relieved of his command by President Harry Truman during the Korean War. Thus there is ample precedent for drastic action against military commanders who fail to meet their responsbilitles. President Johnson would find a lot of support if he recalled these precedents and moved promptly and vigorously to get rid of the admirals and generals who are making serious mistakes at the cost of American lives and American prestige. We clearly need changes to prevent more such blunders and waste - because the future safety and security of the United States are at stake. - o » - LINDSAY'S TARGET LIST - When Mayor Lindsay, who used to serve in Congress with Rep. Silvio Conte of Massachusetts, read that Conte was on trial for accidentally shooting a fellow deer hunter in the head, the mayor sent this message to his old colleague: "If you're shooting people still, I'll give you my list." - o - - THRUWAY BATTLE - A big battle is going on backstage in the Department of T rans- portation regarding highways. The new Secretary for Transportation, Alan Boyd, is bucking the highway lobby. Representatives of the gasoline, tire, automobile and cement companies ' want big thruways built in cities regardless of who is dislocated or routed out of his home. Boyd claims that highways should be located so as to help all segments of the community, not simply as a way to displace slum dwellers. One issue on which he has taken a stand is the Three Sisters Bridge across the Potomac River in Washington, which Boyd says will benefit wealthy commuters but destroy Negro homes. It's a test case. The highway lobby is furious and has been fighting Boyd tooth and nail. The highway lobby was able to put across a tremendous network of thruways costing billions of dollars even while the nation's schools were neglected. Chances are the highway lobby will win out again. - o - - SECRET POULTRY REPORT- Four years ago the Agriculture Department made a survey of poultry inspection in the various states. It found that while interstate poultry plants are well inspected, intrastate poultry plants are not. Many states had slipshod inspection methods or none at all. This report was turned over to Rep. Jamie Whitten of Mississippi, who promptly suppressed it. Today, four years later, this report, important to the nation's health, is still suppressed. Rep. Neal Smith of Iowa is trying to get the report, but Rep. Whitten of Mississippi will not let it loose. Yet Congress has criticized the executive branch of the government for suppressing news. - o - . - CANCER AND CIGARETTES - Dr, Alton Ochsner of Tulane University is the first man to call public attention to the link between cigarettes and cancer. Dr. Ochsner has removed approximately 2,000 lungs as a result of cancer. "While the death rate from smoking is high," he told us recently, "most people forget the loss to the nation from sickness. In. 1965 there were 88 million man days lost from sickness in bed as a result of cigarettes. In addition, there were 76 million man days lost from work. On top of this there were 360 million man days lost as a result of partial disability. "If you figure that it costs $40 a day to support an ill patient and $20 a day to support a partially ill patient, that makes a total expense of $15,000,000,000 lost through illness from cigarettes. - o- - DIETING SECRETARY - Clark Clifford, the new Secretary of Defense, allots himself three cigarettes a day, and lunches in his elegant paneled office on a sandwich and orange juice. He drinks prune juice as if it were a martini and is as careful of his diet as he is in handling the cases of his clients. These clients, which range from the far-flung du Pont de Nemours to the Radio Corporation of America, from General Electric to El Paso National Gas and Phillips Petroleum, will be the only aspect of Clifford's career the Senate will want to examine. He has almost never lost a case. One exception was the dispute over the sale of President Kennedy's Georgetown house in 1960. When Kennedy was first elected he sold the small brick house on N Street to Harry Ausbrook for $105,000, then considered a handsome and somewhat inflated price. But Jackie Kennedy changed her mind, decided she didn't want to sell after all; and the President- elect asked Clark Clifford to get the house back. But Ausbrook retained ex-Secretary of State Dean Acheson in his bid to keep the house. Acheson won. The President- elect was forced to go through with the sale. Clifford and Acheson, together with Justice Abe Fortas, now on the Supreme Court, today are probably the three advisers closest to Lyndon Johnson. They are consulted on major moves in the war in Vietnam. All three are hawks. - o - - PROFITABLE ALLIANCE - Every Secretary of Defense since the office was established in 1947 has represented the industrial-military alliance which President Eisenhower warned against in his last message to the American people. They have been either industrialists themselves or lawyers like Louis Johnson or bankers like James Forrestal representing the big defense industries. The new Secretary of Defense, Clark Clifford, is no exception. The only real exception was Robert S. McNamara who, though head of the second largest motor company in the world - Ford had been a teacher, was essentially humanitarian, and time after time bucked the alliance which Eisenhower warned against. McNamara's theory, which he successfully sold to LBJ, was that nuclear war was so catastrophic the only solution was not to increase our already bristling arsenal of missiles but to negotiate missile and nuclear agreements with Russia instead. Time after time McNamara refused to spend the billions voted by Rep. Mendel Rivers, D-S.C., and other hawks in Congress for atomic-powered airplane carriers, the B-70 bomber and an anti-ballistic missile network. This eventually contributed to his downfall. The hawkish-minded politicos on Capitol Hill, plus the military-industrial-alliance, packed too much of a punch with Congress. Clark Clifford, on the other hand, has spent all of his career as a private attorney defending some of the defense giants. - o - - ROLL CALL OF CONTRACTORS- These clients have pulled down in the fiscal year 1967 the sum total of $1,890,200,000 in defense contracts plus $494,659,000 in research grants, all from Uncle Sam, General Electric, in the fiscal year of 19 67, ranked fourth among the defense contractors of the nation, with a total of $1,289,800,000 in war orders. GE also received as a gift from Uncle Sam a total of $439,090,000 for research and development. Another of Clifford's clients, the Radio Corporation of America, received $268,000,000 in defense contracts, plus $54,429,000 in grants from Uncle Sam. Du Pont received $179,600,000 in defense contracts, and $1,140,000 in grants for research. Standard Oil of California, another Clifford client, received $152,800,000 in defense contracts. Clifford lias done a phenomenal job for these clients. He helped to get Phillips Petroleum the right to build a refinery in Puerto Rico when all other oil companies were opposed. He got the Du Pont family's tax bill drastically reduced when they faced the prospect of paying Uncle Sam $470 million in taxes after the court decreed they had to sell ' their General Motors stock. This was done by an act of Congress. Later, when General Motors stock went up in value, Clifford saved the Du Pont family around $56 million additional by persuading the Treasury to write a special tax ruling for the Du Fonts. Clifford has also represented the largest pipeline company in the world, El Paso Natural Gas, which- three times has been cracked down on by the Supreme Court for trying to combine with Pacific Natural Gas. It should be noted that Clifford was not alone. For various legal footwork, El Paso paid Richard Nixon's law firm $77,629.20 in one year and the John Foster Dulles law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell $946,645.54 over a longer period of time. Not of record are the fees paid to Clark Clifford, but they must have been considerable because he did a Herculean job for El Paso. ACHIEVEMENT A. M. Salm of Harper, who will be 96 years of age this month, received his life insurance check in person as he outlived the term Thursday, Feb. 8, 1968 Algona (la.) Upper De» of his policy. Mr. Salm, a retired Harper businessman, was presented his check by an official of the company, who told the Salms that they had something in common with John D. 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