WASHINGTON Merry-Go-Round by DREW PEARSON WASHINGTON - President Johnson brought all his persuasive powers to bear on Russia's Andrei Gromyko during their recent talk to help bring peace in Viet Nam. Once he complained jovially that the Kremlin leaders had kicked him in the groin. Later he pleaded earnestly for peaceful cooperation. And he made some progress. The dour Soviet foreign minister was ushered into the president's oval office the back way in order to avoid newsmen. He left, looking less grim, by the same anonymous route. What they said to each other has been kept quiet. All the White House would announce was that they had discussed "a number of subjects of mutual concern." However, this column can report some of the highlights of their secret conversation, which left the President exultant over the prospects of better East- West relations. "I have never felt more encouraged," he enthused after Gromyko had disappeared through the door. During the historic visit, the President treated Gromyko like a misguided Congressman who needed to be shown the light. He argued the American case in Viet Nam with powerful logic, speaking one moment in the name of humanity, the next as one politician to another. Gromyko, though he speaks English as well as the president, talked through his interpreter, Victor Sukhodrev, and repeated the Soviet complaint that a settlement is impossible as long as American planes are bombing North Viet Nam. The President reminded Gromyko that he had halted the bombing from Dec. 24 to Dec. 31, 1965 in response to a private plea from Soviet Ambassador Anatoliy Dobrynin that this might lead to a truce. He recalled ruefully that the North Vietnamese had taken advantage of the eight-day moratorium-which he referred to as the "Dobrynin Pause" - to beef up their defenses with Soviet weapons. "During the Dobrynin Pause," he lamented, "you kicked me in the groin." Actually, he used a more earthy term. Gromyko chuckled. "If there should be new concessions," the President pressed, "would you kick me again f The two leaders also talked about Increasing East-West trade, reducing military forces in Europe, and renewing negotiations over a treaty to halt the spread of nuclear weapons. At one point, the President pulled a knife out of his pocket and made slashes in the air as if cutting the red tape that had been holding up the nuclear negotiations. "You can cut the red tape as easily as this," he said. As Gromyko prepared to leave, LBJ wrapped a friendly arm around his shoulder and stabbed him in the chest with an emphatic forefinger. "Now remember what I said," he admonished. The Johnson-Gromyko discussion was the climax of a series of calculated moves to re-establish cordial relations with Russia, carefully timed to take advantage of the Kremlin's growing disenchantment with Red China. - o - -DODGERS' LOYAL FRIENDS- Next to my grandson, Drew Arnold, the most vociferous Dodger rooter at the last World Series game was U. N. Ambassador Jimmy Roosevelt, the ex-Congressman from Los Angeles. Jimmy kept yelling for Dodger action up until the last second of the cliff-hanging ninth inning. - - _ • Vice President Humphrey, sitting just above the Orioles' dugout, was more discreet. "If I had rooted for the Dodgers, sitting where I was," HHH told Roosevelt, "they'd have mobbed me. After all, I'm the Vice President of both leagues. I'm like the Kentucky politician who was asked about the hottest issue in his county, the bounty on squirrels. " 'About half of my friends are for the bounty and about half are agin' it,' he said. 'I'm for my friends.'" However, Humphrey stopped in the locker room to chat with the Dodgers' great pitcher, Don Drysdale, after the game. The Vice President was instrumental in getting the Dodgers to go to Japan this year as a team instead of having individual players from different teams play against Japanese teams. The Japanese complained that this resulted in mediocre baseball. Mayor Sam Yorty of Los Angeles is taking the trip to Japan along with the Dodgers. Yorty is a great Dodger fan, but also it may be that he would just as soon escape the red hot gubernatorial race in California where he's being wooed by both the Reganites and the Pat Brown supporters. Yorty's not-too-secret am-: bition is to run for the Senate in 1968. To that end, Reagan Republicans are promising him their support. But Yorty, no slouch at politics, knows that if the Reagan wing of the Republican party gets too strong, it will want to nominate its own man for the Senate, will not take him, a Democrat. So, it's a good bet Yorty will cast his absentee ballot in late October when he leaves for Japan; then announce that he has voted for - Brown. - o- - INTELLIGENCE-GO-ROUND - The CIA has been in trouble ever since it flubbed the Bay of s Pigs invasion. After the fiasco, the late President Kennedy exploded: "I would like to splinter the CIA and throw it to the winds.' .... The Defense Intelligence Agency, established to endinterservice rivalry in ths military field, has moved into the intelligence vacuum. Like any government bureau, it has expanded inexorably into the areas of least resistance. Though it started to provide strictly military intelligence, it soon moved into the political-strategic field. Then it began producing its own "Daily Digest," an intelligence summary which competes with the CIA's "Central Intelligence Bulletin." .... But the CIA doesn't always operate like "Get Smart." In Viet Nam, the CIA won over the hill tribes to resist the Viet Cong guerrillas. After a bureaucratic dogfight, the operation was handed over to the military, which failed miserably. All the CIA's good work was undone, and the project was abandoned. - o - - NO POLISHED DIPLOMAT - Lyndon Johnson, hitherto not a junketing President, has a lot going for him on the journey. Chiefly he can improve the chances of peace in the Far East, and parenthetically improve his lagging image at home. Or, if he fails, he could bring on an escalation of the war and end up with" the tragic holocaust of World War m. It's been a long time since Woodrow Wilson disregarded the advice of George Washington about entangling alliances and went to Paris to negotiate a peace treaty. But in between his trip in 1919 and Lyndon Johnson's pilgrimage to the Far East today, every President has gone abroad with the exception of Warren Harding, who died halfway through his first term. Coolidge took a modest junket to Cuba," and I tagged along. Herbert Hoover took^-a long trip around South America as President-elect and I tried to go along but was thrown off his battleship in San Pedro Harbor. Franklin Roosevelt took several trips to Latin America, and three famous war trips to Casablanca, Teheran, and Yalta, the latter having been excoriated by critics for alleged generosity to Stalin - though history may be more tolerant to viewing.the final results. Harry Truman took his famous 1945 trip to Potsdam where he and Stalin rubbed each other the wrong way. Eisenhower' took many trips to Geneva, most of Europe's capitals. John F. Kennedy visited Latin America, Vienna, and the capitals of Europe. And since the difficult days when old-fashioned diplomacy thwarted Woodrow Wilson, most of these Presidents have done well. They helped their country internationally and themselves politically by these trips. On domestic matters, Lyndon is probably the shrewdest political bargainer to occupy the White House in half a century. But on foreign affairs he can be a babe in the woods. He can smell a phony domestic political deal two blocks away, but when it comes to oriental potentates he can't see through the charm and finesse which hide their phoniness. Thus when touring South Viet Nam as Vice President he fell for the tinhorn little ruler, President Diem, whom Cardinal Spellman and Madison Avenue had contrived to put on the throne after the French exodus. Again, when he flew to Honolulu last February, Lyndon embraced the strutting little French pilot, Premier Ky, who claimed Hitler as his hero. In Lyndon's defense it should be noted that Ky was about the only reed we had to lean on, but the President didn't have to lean quite so enthusiastically - at least in public. - o- SKEPTICAL CRITICS- There are some skeptics who predict the Manila Conference will turn into a war council, not one to promote peace, I don't believe so. Algona, (la.) Upper Des Molnet TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 1966 In the first place, Lyndon Johnson is desperately sick of the war which he inherited, but which he escalated. Second, even the ruddy - faced, country-squire leaders of new Australia and New Zealand are getting restless flak from the voters and would like to see an honorable peace; while President Marcos of the Philippines is being called a pro-American puppet by Manila voters because he is sending 2,000 engineering Itroops to South Viet Nam to rebuild the countryside. The only Manila conferee who will want the war to continue — besides Premier Ky — will be Premier Thanom Kittikach6rn of Thailand, whose government remains in power only because 30,000 American troops are on his soil, plus eight military bases. U. S. Ambassador Graham Martin has just cabled the State Department that Premier Thanom is outraged over Sen. William Fulbright's (D-Ark.) proposal to investigate the U. S. military build-up in Thailand. Premier Thanom has protested to the American Embassy that this probe puts Thailand in the position of being the 51st state. Apparently he doesn't understand that in a democracy the Senate does have the right to find out how many troops are sent abroad and why they are there. But when the President gets away from the picturesque and sometimes smelly canals of Thailand and the ivory elephants 'that feature the lovely palaces of Bangkok, he will find that both communism and capitalism are isms which the people don't worry much about. What they want is three bowls of rice a day or the wherewithal to buy it. Basically, food, clean water, housing, schools and health form the most effective weapons in the struggle for power in the Far East, And these are commodities which Lyndon Johnson knows as well, perhaps better, than any other President. i SPONGE PLANT Clarence Hinkle, Belle Plaine, has growing in his garden an unusual plant which produces sponges. 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