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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 35

Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, November 5, 1969
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Democratic leaders urge Viet hearings Associated Press WASHINGTON - Sens. J. W. Fulbright and Mike Mansfield tailed yesterday for early hearings by the Foreign Relations Cotnmittee on President Nixon's Vietnam policies as t)ethocratic doves and sohie Republicans criticized his unwillingness to announce hew troop withdrawals. "He now has fully and truthfully taken on himself ttt& : Johnson .war, and. I think it is a'fundamental error," Fulbright told reporters. The Foreign Relations Committee which Fulbright heads had deferred pfens for broad Vietnam hearings last week pending Nixon's speech. He Said it meets today "to discuss whether it would be wise to have the hearings, My own view is that it would be. My guess is that they will approve." Mansfield, saying he had hoped Nixon would offer the nation more definite word on getting out of Vietnam in Monday night's speech, told reporters hearings might change present policies. "I'm not at all sure the President's mind is so closed he wouldn't be open to constructive suggestions!" the Montana senator and Senate Democratic leader said. While most Republicans in the House and Senate hailed the., speech, Sen. Mark 0. Hatfield, R-Ore., a longtime war critic, said "I had hoped that there would have been a greater implementation of his plans for troop withdrawal so that he could have broadened his base of support." Sen. James B. Pearson, R-Kan., said "I wish that the President would have been able to announce another substantial : troop reduction" but added he anticipates one before Christmas and that most U.S. combat troops will be withdrawn next year. In^the House, Speaker John W. McCormack, D-Mass., called Nixon's speech "logically stated and in our best interests. I'm confident the American people will overwhelmingly support this effort to bring peace with justice." Nixon also received support from. a group of 100 House members — 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats. A much smaller group of war opponents laid plans to debate the war in the House today. leaders of three antiwar groups called the speech a disappointment and said it will increase the size of protests planned .for mid- November, "We are convinced that the President has misjudged the mood of this country, just as he has misjudged the realities of Vietnam," said Sam Brown, one of the coordinators of the Vietnam Moratorium Committee. Fulbright, 'however, said he is "very fearful" of incidents at a Nov. 15 march on Wash-, ington. At the White House, Nixon displayed a desk'piled high with thousands of telegrams and told newsmen it was a "demonstration of support" that; could do more than anything else to speed an end to the war. Nixon indicated that, of the whole mass, only a 4-inch stack came from supporters of an immediate withdrawal. . Solution offered on Viet problem PARIS (AP) - Foreign Minister Maurice Schumann said '-yesterday that France felt;/the ultimate solution for the'Vietnam problem should be the neutralization of the entireIndochinese peninsula, Thjis, he said, could only arise from an agreement be- tweep the five major Geneva conference nations — the United States, the Soviet Union, C o m m u n i s t China, France and Britain. Schumann's statement in an address to the National Assembly on foreign policy lined' up the attitudes of the Pompidou government with those' held by Charles de Gaulle for 11 years before his, departure from power in April. But on Capitol Hill, war critics reacted with none of the reticence that preceded the speech. Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., the majority whip, and Stuart Symington, D-Mo., expressed doubt Nixon has any Vietnam peace plan. The Missouri Democrat said also "this administration plans to follow the same general course as the past administration." Kennedy said* "There now must be doubt whether there is in existence arty plan to extricate America from this war in the best interest of America— for it is no plan to say that what we do depends upon what Hanoi does." Fulbright and Sen. Albert Gore, D-Tenn., said Nixon has indicated U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam will be protracted, "I don't think he's going to wind it down very much. It means we'll be there for a very long time," said Fulbright, sporting a dark-blue tie with silver doves on it. '"A one-sided withdrawal of U.S. troops on an uncertain but long drawn-out incremental basis tied to maintenance of the Thieu-Ky regime in power is now U.S. policy," Gore said. 8HHK CAUUSES.WARTS WithNewfcsedff Softener NOW you can My jsootlbyc to luming coins, callusu, common warts, with * fast acting creme mediation called PERMA-SQI'T. 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GEORGE GALLUP President Nixon Wins a vote of confidence from 11 per cent of Americans on his Vietnam policies among those persons who listened to his Vietnam speech Mon- Only 6 per cent express outright opposition After the Tennessee Democrat delivered his 11-page critique of Nixon's speech, the President was supported by Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan: "That the President has announced specific details of his policy illustrates his understanding of international politics and the fundamental of negotiation," the Kansas Republican told the Senate. to the President's program for ending the Vietnam war, but another 17 per cent are undecided. While the initial reaction to the President's program was highly favorable, the course of public opinion in the coming weeks will depend largely on the actual rate of withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam. In a test of the nation's first reactions to the speech, a series of questions were put to a total of 501 adults living in 286 localities in a nationwide telephone survey conducted Monday evening immediately following the speech. Approximately 7 persons in 10 contacted heard the speech. Among this group, interviewers found a large percentage of Americans who were impressed and reassured by President Nixon's remarks; but at the same time, a sizable minority who expressed disappointment that the President did not come, up with new ideas to end the war. The predominant view at this point is that the President is pursuing the only course open to him. The idea of "Vietnamization" of the war has particular appeal to the public. About half the people interviewed, 49 per cent, think President Nixon's proposals are likely to bring about a settlement of the-war, but 25 per cent think they are not likely to do so and another 26 per cent are undecided. Eight in every 10 (77 per cent) of those contacted express satisfaction with Presi- lent Nixon's program for troop withdrawal, 13 per cent express dissatisfaction, while another 10 per cent are undecided. By a 6-to-l ratio, persons contacted agree with President Nixon that moratoriums and public demonstrations are harmful to the attainment of peace in Vietnam, but most also share the President's belief that people in .this country have a right to make their voices heard. More about Nixon speech Continued from Page 1 Press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said reaction to the message by telephone and telegraph was phenomenal. He quoted William J. Hopkins, Nixon's executive assistant who has been at the White House since the days of Herbert Hoover, as saying he could not recall a larger volume of wires. At the Western Union office a few blocks from the White House, Ziegler said, 22 private line teletypes and eight commercial channels were operating continuously to handle the flow. In addition, he said, messengers were making periodic trips to the Western Union office to pick up other incoming messages. Nixon was effervescent as he displayed the wires. SAIGON - South Vietnamese troops battled the enemy in the central highlands yesterday after North Vietnamese forces launched more than 50 rocket, mortar and ground attacks on American and government positions. Field reports said the South Vietnamese units killed 80 enemy soliders near the Due Lap Special Forces camp, 135 miles northeast of Saigon. Government casualties were 24 killed and 8 wounded in the battle, which lasted from noon until sunset. There was a marked drop- off in action after nightfall, with only 12 shellings reported across South Vietnam early today and 22 enemy killed in scattered clashes. During the night hours U.S. B52 bombers took over, dropping more than 1,050 tons of explosives along the Cambodian border in Binh Long and Phuoc Long provinces, 60 to 80 miles northeast of Saigon. In the predawn hours yesterday, North Vietnamese infantrymen had assaulted four U.S. camps in the two provinces, Firebases Ike, Ellen and Monsj and Landing Zone Buttons. Spokesmen said the attacks were repelled and 194 enemy were killed, while American casualties were 3 dead and 61 wounded. It was the heaviest ground fighting in two months. Seven enemy prisoners captured in the fighting were identified by U.S. officers as members of the North Vietnamese 7th and 9th Divisions, two of four divisions reported massed along the Cambodian border north of Saigon. After daybreak, helicopter gunships bristling with rapid-fire miniguns and cannons patroled the border searching for the attackers. Fourteen of the helicopters drew ground fire from auto- matic weapons and heavy machine guns. Six were hit and one crewman wounded, but none of the helicopters , was shot down. In the area around base Ike, 58 miles northwest of Saigon, the gunships coin* bined with airstrikes and artillery to kill 19 additional enemy soldiers. Meanwhile, new fighting broke out near two embattled . Special Forces camps in th« central highlands. Associated Press photographer Hugh Van Es reported • from Ban Me Thuot that-, three South Vietnamese in* y fantry battalions supported by armor were in contact with North Vietnamese elements 4 miles south of the camp at Due Lap. More than 5,000 North Viet-. namesc regulars operate in ; the area. Over the weekend, the enemy forced U.S. troops to abandon three artillery bases around the camp at Bu Prang, and the North Viet- . namese are now in a position, to threaten both Special Forces camps and the city of Ban Me Thuot. As the capital of the border . province of Darlac, Ban Me Thuot is the major population center of the south central highlands. 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