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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 37

Phoenix, Arizona
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Wednesday, November 5, 1969
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REPUBLIC Democratic leaders urge Viet hearings- o o Associated Press WASHINGTON - Sens, J. W« Fulbfight and Mike Mansfield called yesterday for early hearings by the Foreign Relations Committee on President Nixon's Vietnam poli^ cies as Democratic doves and Some, republicans criticized his Unwillingness to announce new troop withdrawals. "He now has fully and truthfully taken on himself the Johnson war, and I think it is a fundamental error," Fulbright told reporters. The Foreign Relations Committee which Fulbright heads had deferred, plans 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substantial troop reduction" but added he anticipates one before Christmas and that most U.S. combat troops will be withdrawn next year.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 Jbhn 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 Washington. At the White Hquse, .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. 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-M6., expressed doubt ftixdfi has any Vietnam peade plafl. The Missouri Democrat said also "this administration plaiis to follow the same general course as.the past administration." Kennedy said, "There now must be doubt whether there is in existence any 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. He said that unless the United States lays "the foundation for a compromise political settlement, we will be inviting the death knell of .democrat!c processes in South Vietnam and a bloodbath of vast proportions." '• • 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. 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 entire Indochinese peninsula. .This, he said, could only arise from an agreement between the fiye major Geneva conference'^nations — 'the United States, the Soviet Union, Communist 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 Qaulle for Ij. years before his departure fronv power in April. ' ', Phoenix, Wed., Nov. 5, 1969 0 The Arizona Republic 15 • 50 attacks mounted by Reds in Vietnam Associated Press Associated Press President Nixon, his desk piled high with telegrams, discusses reaction to his speech '''Nixon wins vote of confidence By DR. GEORGE GALLUP President Nixon wins a vote of confidence from 77 per cent of Americans on his Vietnam policies among those persons who listened to his Vie t n a m speech Monday night. Only 6 per cent express outright opposition , to the President's program for end 1 - ing 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 io (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 pri- •vate 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 — Vietcong and North Vietnamese forces launched more than 50 rocket, mortar and ground attacks on aflied positions yesterday, the U.S. Command reported, including ground attacks against four American bases northwest of Saigon. Shortly after midnight, North Vietnamese infantrymen assaulted three bases on the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division in Tay ; Ninh and Phuoc Long provinces along the Cambodian border. The attacks on Firebase Ike, Landing Zone Buttons and Firebase Ellen Were repelled, and 54 North Vietnamese were reported killed in the assault on Ike. The 1st Infantry Division's Firebase Mons, 35 miles north of Saigon in Binh Duong Province, was attacked about the same time. Initial reports put American casualties in the four attacks at three killed and 60 wounded. Allied forces claimed they killed 194 North Vietnamese soldiers in the heaviest gound fighting in two months. 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 automatic weapons and heavy machine guns. Six were hit and one crewman wounded, but none of the helicopters was shot down. In the area around Firebase Ike, 58 miles northwest of Saigon, the gunships combined with airstrikes and artillery to kill 19 additional enemy soldiers. Meanwhile, new fighting broke out near two embattled Special Forces camps in the central highlands. Associated Press photogra- pher Hugh Van Es reported from Ban Me Thuot that three South Vietnamese infantry 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 Vietnamese 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 Vietnamese 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. U.S. Command spokesmen said there was no evidence that the sharp increase in enemy attacks was connected with President Nixon's Vietnam policy address. 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