Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 2, 1974 · Page 148
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 148

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 2, 1974
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PUNK'S OTCUL EDITED by LLOYD SHEARER INTELLIGENCE REPORT BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF MAIL RECEIVED, PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES. Should the House of Rep- resenta- tives vote to send a bill of impeachment to the Senate, President Nixon wil-l need at least 34 Senators to Tote "no" if he is to avoid conviction by two-thirds of the Senate. Which 34 Senators can he count on? In Washington, D.C., EAS1IO The late Mkita ' Khrushchev _ was a proud and vain man who believed he had done much for Soviet Russia. When the dumpy, little Russian Premier was ousted from power in 1964 after 10 years as First Secretary of the Communist Party, he was understandably bitter and recriminatory. He disliked intensely being transformed into an unperson. He retired to his dacha in Petrova-Dalneye outside Moscow," and there, encouraged by friends and family, he began to tape- record his memoirs, ostensibly as a heritage for his grandchildren. Three years later the tapes were smuggled out of the Soviet Union through channels still unknown, but possibly through the paid connivance of individual officials acting in their own interests. The -tape recordings were offered to Time-life, Inc., for a large sum of money. After thoroughly and repeatedly authenti-" eating the tapes through voice prints, Time-Life purchased the tapes, then turned them : over to one of its correspondents, Strobe Talbott, for translation and editing, no small feat, since Khrushchev was not an organized man who structured his reminiscences in any time or sub- their identities constitute one of the most popular guessing and therefore unreliable games of the day. From a variety of veteran knowledgeable sources. Intelligence Report has compiled a list of crucial lixonian Senators. It consists of 23 Republican re- liables, one independent, and 10 Democrats, all but two from the South. The Democrats most frequently suggested as those who would prevent Mxon's conviction are Sens. Alan Bible and Howard Cannon of Nevada; James Eastland and John Stennis of Mississippi; Bennett Johnston and Russell long of Louisiana; Sam Nunn and Herman Talmadge of Georgia; John Mcdellan of Arkansas; James Allen of Alabama. The inde- pendent is Sen. Harry Byrd Jr. of Virginia. As the U.S. Senate is politically constituted, it consists of one independent (Byrd), one Conservative (James Buckley of New York), 41 Republicans, and 57 Democrats. Impeachment politics is currently the name of the big game, and all Washington is eagerly watching as it is being played out. KHRUSHCHEV AND CASTRO IN 19M. ject frame. He recorded by whim, mood, and when the moment of inspiration struck. The- second and final volume of the Khrushchev memoirs, "Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament," will be published by Little, Brown Co.,. a Time subsidiary, on June 14. One of its most fascinating chapters concerns Khrushchev's relationship with Fidel Castro. .Khrushchev recalls that he experienced a really tough time persuading Castro to permit the Russian installation of missiles in Cuba in 1962. According to Khrushchev, the only reason the Soviets wanted to position missiles there was "to give the new progressive system created in Cuba by Fidel Castro a chance "to work. Without our missiles on-Cuba," he explains, "the island would have been in a position of a weak man threatened by a strong man. I'm not saying we have any documen- tary proof the Americans were"preparing for a second invasion. We didn't need documentary proof. We knew the class affiliations, the class blindness of the U.S., and that was enough to make us expect the worst. "When Castro and I talked about the problem," he continues, "we argued and argued. Our argument was very heated, but at the end. Fidel agreed with me. Later on he began to supply me with certain data that had come to his attention. 'Apparently what you told me was right,' he said. That in itself justified what we did." Khrushchev's memoirs are the first indication we have had of Castro's reluctance to allow Cuba to be used as a pawn by the Soviet Union in its attempt to secure a nuclear missile emplacement in this hemisphere. Castro was afraid that it would . surely stimulate an immediate attack by the Americans. Khrushchev held, however, that he would remove the missiles if-President Kennedy agreed not to invade Cuba; and that was the deal he successfully negotiated. The result: Cuba todsr is Communist and Fidel Castro remains its Communist leader. Khrushchev pulled it off as.he promised he would.

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