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4 GolcsbUfQ Register-Moil, Golesburq, III, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1973 V \ "ft* ^* •St'; •a.. n > "9, , . "Si i *», , yi - mi m 1.-.J 1** .fc, HI ti. •Oil EDITORIAL Comment and Review No More Foreign War "The time has come to place a check upon the President of the United States in regard to conducting an executive war." Former U.S. Sen. Wayne Morse, D- Oregon, said that in January 1966, and there are a number of politicians who wish today they had made those remarks seven years ago. Unfortunately for Sen. Morse, his stand against President Lyndon Johnson's foreign policy helped defeat him in 1968. Now Congress has taken the former lawmaker's advice and adopted an appropriations resolution cutting off funds for direct or indirect "combat activities by the United States military forces in or over or from off the shores of North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia," on or before Aug. 15. While the resolution is the result of a compromise between the Congress and the President, there are enough precedents to suggest that the action may not prevent •the commander-in-chief from doing what he wants to do with our military might. More importantly, the resolution does not go far enough in realigning our foreign policies. The action taken by Congress is limited to the small countries of Southeast Asia. Undoubtedly, the United States will be faced with many more crises in other parts of the world that could entice us into military conflict or massive amounts of financial aid for military aggression. The national mood that spirited the Congressional resolution appears to be one of isolation on a larger scale. 1 The United States is faced with enough domestic problems that focusing the government's attention and the nation's resources on foreign lands can no longer be justified. The period of reconstruction following World War II and the advent of the Co^d War forced this country to police the entire globe, but that is no longer necessary and no longer desirable, if it ever was. ,„,^ Mr. Nixon's progress in the field of international diplomacy has demonstrated that we can maintain a stronger position of world leadership without becoming a world police force. Congress and the President must expand the Cambodian bombing resolution and set a new course that will prevent us from playing nursemaid to every foreign power engaged in a neighborhood brawl. Both the executive and the legislative branches of government must concentrate more on strengthening this country at home rather than weakening it so that other countries may be strong. We have tried to fashion the nations of the world from our own Democratic mold and we have failed. In the process we have sacrificed lives, money and materials to perpetuate corrupt governments which have grown accustomed to playing East and West against each other for their own personal gain. It just isn't worth it. Auto Safety Push Sometime around Christmas 1973, or early in 1974, the United States will record its two-millionth motor vehicle fatality. How, when and where the victim will die cannot be predicted. But based on the grimly inevitable statistics of the National Safety Council, this landmark death will surely occur. In the 75 years since the automobile first became part of American life, it has sent more than 26,000 people to their deaths per year, on the average. This staggering figure compares with 46,000 Americans killed in nearly 10 years of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. In all of the nation's wars since the Revolution, fewer than 1,050,000 Americans have died. So sometime before 1975, if present rates continue, traffic fatalities wifl about double war deaths. Efforts to slow down the highway carnage have largely failed. Many drivers—particularly speeders and drinkers —seem intent on suicide by automobile, and often take innocent victims with them. Seat belts save lives. Department of Transportation records show that fatalities are much less frequent in accidents when safety belts—especially shoulder belts—are fastened. Nonetheless, about 90 per cent of American driver* and passengers, don't use their seat belts. Ralph Hitchcock, a safety standards engineer for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, told Editorial Research Reports that, "We've tried almost everything to get people to fasten their safety belts, but it just hasn't worked." So beginning with the 1974 model-year cars, which go on sale in September, the agency is playing its ace. Under an NHTSA regulation, new car engines simply won't start unless front seat riders first sit down, fasten their combination lap-shoulder belts and then turn on the ignition—in that order. The ignition interlock systems may come as a surprise to those drivers still trying to disconnect the light-and-buizer devices on their recent model cars. And owners of older cars shouldn't feel complacent, because laws to require mandatory seat belt usage in all automobiles are being considered in more than half of the slates. The Transportation Department plans to reward states which pass such laws with a 25 per cent increase in federal highway safety funds. "If we could get 100 per cent usage of safety belts, we could get a 40 per cent reduction in fatalities," Hitchcock said. And that means 10,000 lives saved every year. Civilian Control Over Pentagon Too Thin WASHINGTON (NEA) Many Americans were shocked recctitfy to team ttiat even the secretary of the Air Force did not know about the secret bombing raids on Cambodia of several years back—until he read accounts in the press. Many people realized for (he first time that a law passed by Congress In 1958 put the Army, Navy and Air Fare* secretaries outside the chain of command. They were servered from control over military operations. Worse yet, a system was set up whereby on very sensitive issues they are sometimes literally kept ki the dark on what is being planned and even on what is going on. Yet these men are responsible for the training, morale and readiness of our armed forces. They are directly responsible also for procurement and manage the spending of a hefty por­ tion of the total U.S. budget. This etfraordkwry setup may make sense on paper. It does not work satisfactorily in prac* tice. It means that civilian authority in the Pentagon-*** Defense Department's overseeing dn crucial issues rests in the hands of two men, the secretary of Defense and the deputy ascre- tary of Defense. And the White House, of course. Despite the ability, the toyaky and the integrity of the men in the military services, for our system of government this is too thin a layer of civilian control. It does not provide for sufficient give and take discussion and checks and balances on crucial issues before orders are given. The problem actually is not "control" of the military. The problem rather is that before crucial secret orders not open to public or congressional dis* Comment By Ray Cromley cussion are given to the military men to carry out, there should be a larger civilian group in on the discissions. The Civilian Army, Navy and Air Force secretaries, for one thing, have more leeway in stubbornly questioning or criticising decisions by the Defense secretary or even the White House then do military nun. Their careers are net at stake. They em speak as equals, not as men ttqwed to take orders. It is, furthermore, ridiculous, considering their great responsibilities and the caliber of men necessary to do these Jobs, that the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force are outside the chain of command and frequently left out of the Pentagon top policy planning., As a result of the practices nated above, it has become more difficult of late to persuade first- rate men to take and hold these top jobs. That we have bad men of high caliber in these posts is more a testimony to their loyal* ty than to the setup under which they work. Ehrlichman Had Answer for Everything WASHINGTON— 'That is my metaphor, yes," said John Ehrlichman, and in the Great" Marble Hall of Perjury the mind's eye imagined rows of dangling, ratten corpses sus^ pended by their necks from the street lamps along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. Lowell Weicker, the Connecticut Republican who's been known to wear white Levis to the hearings, had just asked the deposed Gauleiter if he had not said that the White House Hor­ ribles should let Pat Gray, "hang there, let him twist slowly, slowly in the wind." It was not only that Ehrlichman had picked that question of all questions to answer truthfully, it was the vividness of this metaphor used in a telephone call to John Dean during the period that Gray was being exposed and rejected at his Senate FBI confirmation hearing. No regret for the disaster overtaking this man whom they'd used and who'd served them probably past the bounds of the law. The sociopathic personality of the witness showed no consciousness of the consternation he evoked. r SOME OF the consternation derived from the simple, but somewhat ignoble, desire to see this proud pup squirm in humble public contrition. The most popular witnesses have been those who acknowledged guilt and asked for forgiveness. Attend- Comment By Nicholas Yon Hoffman ance at the hearings gives you an insight into why the Russians should have held their infamous public trials at which the defendants were forced to grovel and confess. It has always been said they were conducted for propaganda reasons, but, judging from emotions here, such displays also satisfy our need for revenge and to make our faith in our political institutions whole again by having the malefactors recant. There is a little bit of Ehrlichman in all of us, and it only takes an Ehrlichman to bring it out. All of this was lost on the Sociopath who may be the most truthful witness thus far. No- The Almanac By United Press International Today is Tuesday, August 7, the 219th day of 1973 with 146 to follow. The moon is approaching its full phase. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Venus and Jupiter. Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. American Negro statesman Ralph Bunche was born Aug. 7, 1904. Also on this day in history: In 1782, the Order of the Purple Heart was established by George Washington. In 1942, U.S. Marines launched America's first offensive in World War II by landing on Guadalcanal in the Pacific. In 1962, Mrs. John Kennedy became the first president's wife to give birth in the White House since the days of Grover Cleveland. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy died two days later. In 1971, the U.S. Apollo 15 moonship returned to earth safely despite failure of one of its three parachutes during splashdown in the pacific. Crossword Puzzle Hodgepodge Aecwer la Preview 'utile PI ACROSS 1 Girl's nam* 5 Counselor 13 Mountain (comb, form) 14 Counter- tendency 15 Without hair on head 16 Denomination 17 Give assent 18 She (Fr.) 19 Openings (anat.) 20 Sea birds 21 Flax (dial.) 23 Number 25 Smallest amount 21 Freebooter* 32 Son of Gad (Bib.) 33 Sphere of action 33 Brazilian wallaba 36 Help I 37 HM • craving U Masculine nickname 39 Certain artist 41 Alleviates 43 Deed 44 Put to 45 Emporium 48 Equip SO Smell rodents 54 Winglike part 55 Mystery 56 False god 57 Purchaser 59 Genuine 60 Enterprise* (archaic) 61 Takes food DOWN 1 Rounded projection 2 Soviet stream 3 Prison part 4 Warbles 5 Malicious burning 6 Forest creature 7 Giving up occupancy 8 Fall month (ab.) 9 Court (ab.) 10 Japanese indigene 11 Seized 12 Conclusions 20 Literary collecUon 22 Style of type 24 Expunged 25 Shakespearean king 26 Great Lake 27 Opera by Verdi 28 Confined 29 Slight flaps 30 Fencing sword 31 Without (Fr.) 34 Speakers' stands (var.) 40 Pillar 42 Esteem 44 Dyeing apparatuses 45 Kind of spice 46 Certain astringent 47 Coarse file 49 Arrow poison 51 Notion 52 Outer garment 53 Building additions 53 King (Fr.) 58 Transpose (ab.) i mm in body could tell such stories without believing they're true. His words spring from a moral pathology which differs from arrogance, although heaven knows he is blessed with a bountiful supply of that, too. John Mitchell was arrogant — arrogant and disdainfully surly in the manner of one who has been found out. If much of what he said was preposterously unbelievable on its face, his was a case of "why should I bother to explain myself to you toads?" NOT SO with Ehrlichman. Mitchell limited his answers to the least he could get away with—"We weren't volunteering anything." he said more then once. The Sociopath, however, was elaborate in misbegotten detail, all of which is susceptible to easy verification and refutation. Who would spin the yam about Ellsberg's father-in-law and J. Edgar Hoover without bothering to pick up the phone to check the facts? "What a liar!" Inouye was heard to exclaim over ah inadvertently live microphone, and everybody took his meaning to be what a big liar, but he might have meant what a lousy one. With-.^hevprevious witnesses,, close students of Watergate riffed through the ever-growing files and records to find the contradictions, and bring them to light. With Ehrlichman they were so blatant, people had debates over whether he lies When he cocks that right eyebrow into an arch or when he flattens it level. It was not his testimony, but Ehrlichman himself that was shocking. The Sociopath has an answer for everything and a sometimes puzzled, sometimes blank look for the outraged moral sensitivities around him. In this most middle-class of all societies in which to own, to possess in fee simple a mortgage -free house, to be a property owner is the ambition, he can 't umtoatand why everyone around him is appalled at the burglary. Personally, he says, to extend his para- : phrase slightly, I'd have preferred taking the doctor 's nurse out and getting her drunk in a motel so we could come upon the fites that way, but what difference does it make? "DO YOU REMEMBER when we were in law school?" Herman Talmadge of Georgia asked him, "we studied . . . that no matter how humble 1 a man's cottage is that even the King of England cannot enter without his consent?" To which the Sociopath responded in the blandest tones of fait accompli, "I am afraid that that has been considerably eroded over the years." Pre-Ehrlichman the question propounded about each witness was, is he an idiot or a liar? Ehrlichman suggests a third choice, the devil's own psychiatric. He sent his agents out to procure Ellsberg's psychiatric profile, and row we look for his. He knows it. Sociopaths are rational, which is why in his opening statement he is com-, pelled to^refute the suspicion that "We were all suffering from some advanced forms of neurosis — some strange White House madness." Maybe there Was none and they bugged themselves for historical, not hysterical, purposes. Then what are we left with? The scary resemblance of his speech to Nixon's, the oft-made observation that this Gauleiter, was the most pleasant, most likeable of all the high-ranking White House Horribles, and that damnable metaphor — hanging there, twisting, slowly, slowly, in the wind. Copyright, 1973, The Washington Post-King Features Syndicate THE MAILBOX Learn From People Editor, Register-Mail: Recently I read a paragraph in Sidney J. Harris's column "Strictly Personal" (Thoughts at large, Chicago Daily News Paper) that I felt the need to share with others. The paragraph is beautiful and expresses thoughts for all to consider, especially where an individual is afraid he or she will be ousted from one group for chatting with another. Take it from one who knows there is. nothing like the kind and thoughtful people one can meet in this world. The following is quoted: "There is something sick and fearful in people who want to m>ngle only with their "own kind"; everything useful and interesting I have learned in the world has been learned from people quite unlike me in every respect—for those already like me had little to contribute in expanding my consciousness or the awareness of my limitations." I happen to be one of the more fortunate individuals who comes in contact with many different humans, so consequently my acquaintance-ship list is very !ong and beautiful. —La Dora L. Thierry Galesburg EDITOR'S NOTE: The Galesburg Register-Mail welcomes tempered, constructive •xpresslons of opinion from its subscribers on current topics of interest, in the form of a letter to the editor. The Register- Mail, however', assumes no responsibility for opinions therein expressed. Because of space limitations, letters should not exceed 300 words in length. They will be subject to condensation. 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