WASHINGTON Meny-Go-Ronnd Tuesday, Feb. 13, 1968 Algona, (la.) Upper Des Moines—11 BREW PEARSON (Copyright, 1968, by Bell-McClure Syndicate) -TERROR IN SAIGON - A forecast of trouble to come in Saigon was published Jan. 28 by Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson when they reported that ordinary South Vietnamese, not the Viet Cong, were blowing up American installations in Saigon. The acts of terror were attributed to anti-American feeling which was reported to have increased alarmingly. The Viet Cong raid on the American Embassy in Saigon two days later, which must have had local help, appears to have borne out this column. - o - WASHINGTON - The Viet Cong penetration of the American Embassy in the heart of Saigon this week was accomplished partly because of the bitterness of the South Vietnamese people toward the United States. The American public has not realized how deeply we are resented by the people we are supposed to be saving. The South Vietnamese not only have bombed American offices and service men's clubs, entirely independent of the Viet Cong as reported by this column last week — but they have helped Viet Cong suicide squads smuggle themselves into the heart of the city. Bombs have been found which clearly came from ordinary South Vietnamese, not from the Viet Cong. This anti-American sentiment is one point which Secretary of Defense McNamara constantly hammered home as a reason for not increasing American troops. He argued that the greater the number of troops, the greater strain on South Vietnam's economy and the greater the resentment against the United States. American troops monopolize the taxis, the restaurants, the best looking girls. They have turned the economy of the cities upside down and bombed some of the villages inside out. They are disliked, sometimes hated, in both. If a plebiscite were taken today as to whether the United States should remain in the country it is supposed to save, a majority would probably vote "Yankee Go Home." This, incidentally, was a suggestion advanced by former Under Secretary of State George Ball as a logical excuse for withdrawing from South Vietnam. We could simply comply with the South Vietnamese people's request to leave. Note; One failure of American officials in Saigon is that of not cultivating South Vietnamese civilian leaders. We have concentrated on the military, and they are not loved in their own country, - o - - KOREA VS. VIETNAM There can be no question about the connection between events in North Korea and events in South Vietnam. You need only read the speeches of North Korean leaders urging diversionary tactics against the United States to relieve pressure on North Vietnam to understand this. More important, you should read the speeches of former President Eisenhower, John Foster Dulles and the former Senator from Texas, Lyndon B. Johnson. On the day the Korean truce was signed by the Eisenhower administration, July 27, 1953, Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson remarked: "This is the time to recall (Eisenhower's words of three months ago) that any truce that merely releases aggressive armies to attack elsewhere would be a fraud." Both Johnson and Eisenhower were right. The pressure on what was then French Indo-China was stepped up shortly after the Korean truce was signed. Eisenhower himself warned of this in his speech before the Governors' Conference in Seattle in the summer of 1953. President Syngman Rhee of South Korea remarked: "I have opposed the signing of the truce because of my conviction that it will prove to be the prelude to more war, not less; to more suffering and ruin; to further communist advances by war and by subversion." Harry Truman, then out of office, remarked: "I could have negotiated the same kind of truce Eisenhower got, at any time during the past two years." - o - - DECISIONS, DECISIONS! - Friends of Lyndon Johnson have been concerned over the possibility that personal loyalty plus the experienced eye he keeps on Capitol Hill will put him in a position where he will not relieve Gen. William Westmoreland as commander in Vietnam. One reason for the efficiency of World War n was the fact that Gen. George Marshall, military genius of that war, relieved or fired 19 generals, sometimes even during battle. Gen. George Patton, a great combat soldier, was relieved for slapping a sick soldier in Sicily. Gen. Douglas MacArthur was abruptly fired by President Truman, and the war in Korea went far better under Gen. Matt Ridgeway who replaced him. Gen. Walter Short and Admiral H. E. Kimmel were relieved and disciplined by President Roosevelt for failure to be on the alert at Pearl Harbor. However, Gen. Westmoreland, who was caught badly off base last week in Saigon despite advance notice of the exact day of the attack, seems likely to retain his command. This is not the first time the handsome commander has been under fire. Secretary of Defense McNamara has had very definite policy differences with him over his use of troops and has voiced criticism within the White House and the Defense Department. His points of difference involved: 1, Failure to transfer American troops from housekeeping chores to the front lines. This would obviate sending so many U. S, troops to South Vietnam, McNamara argued. 2, Using more South Vietnamese troops and requiring the Vietnamese to arrest their draft dodgers, of whom there are about 90,000 roaming the streets of Saigon. 3. Training South Vietnamese troops in guerrilla warfare rather than in conventional warfare. 4. Swamping South Vietnam "with so many American troops, which McNamara claimed upset the local economy and increased resentment against the United States. - o - - WESTMORELAND'S . CAMPAIGN- These differences, never acrimonious, have been expressed over more than a year. On March 12 last year, President Johnson flew to Guam for a series of conferences with Westmoreland, taking with him Gen. Bruce Palmer, the commander who did sucli a brilliant job in the Dominican Republic. It was planned to replace Westmoreland with either Palmer or Gen. Creighton Abrams, deputy chief of staff, not because of the above differences, but because he had served more than two years. It is routine to relieve a commander after a two-year hitch, and Westmoreland deserved a rest. However, something changed this transfer. It's suspected that one reason was politics. Westmoreland happens to come from South Carolina. So does one of the most powerful men on Capitol Hill, Rep. Mendel Rivers, alcoholic chairman of the House Armed Services Committee; so also does another vocal and influential hawk, Sen. Strom Thurmond, a major general in the Army Reserve. Both are dedicated, determined defenders of their fellow South Carolinian. So, despite the fact that the Viet Cong conquest of pockets of Saigon including the American Embassy has become a subject of snickering conversation among even our allies, it's likely that Gen. Westmoreland will remain. - o - which the American people are entitled to know the facts. Nevertheless, Rep. Whitten will not turn loose the facts. DRUGGIST Donald Courtnage, Sr., Strawberry Point, has retired from the pharmacy business after working in the same location in Strawberry Point the past 49 years. K-: - POOR POULTRY INSPECTION- Members of Congress are the No. 1 squawkers about the credibility gap and suppression of the news. Yet they are frequently the biggest offenders. Here is a case in point. Representative Jamie Whitten of Mississippi is now sitting on a report on poultry inspection prepared by the Department of Agriculture. The report, prepared in 1964, shows that while the federal government is doing a good job of inspecting interstate poultry plants, the states have fallen down on the inspection of intrastate plants. And there are many poultry plants in the nation which operate only within state borders, therefore do not get the benefit of Department of Agriculture inspection. Conditions in some of these intrastate plants are similar to the scandalous condition of intrastate meat packing plants which Congress, after some prodding, finally moved to remedy last year. Reps. Neal Smith of Iowa and Thomas Foley of Washington, both Democrats, want to improve the inspection of intrastate poultry. However, their colleague from Mississippi, Jamie Whitten, will not cooperate by releasing the results of the Agriculture Department's questionnaire. No military secrets are involved. 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