Tuetday, Auau*t 10, 1965 Algorta (la.) Upper De> Molntt Merry-Go-Round By Drew Pearson ions." 2. LBJ's willingness to negotiate on the basis of the 1954 Geneva Treaty. This calls for elections, and the President even went so far as to say that we would agree to elections for both South and North Viet Nam if supervised by an international body. In the past, beginning with the Eisenhower administration, the United States has flatly vetoed elections, as required by the Geneva Treaty to be held in 1956. John Foster Dulles vetoed ' them because of fear that the WASHINGTON - The appeal that impressed the governors most when they met with the President at the closed-door White House session on Viet Nam was when he punched with his right arm and said: "We're going to punch against aggression. And," he continued, striking the air with his left hand, "we're going to punch with Secretary Rusk for peace with everything we've got at the conference table." After he sat down, and after the two-hour session was over with its additional briefings by the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense McNamara, the first governor on his feet was George Romney of Michigan, who in Minneapolis had refused to vote approval of the administration's Viet Nam policy. Explaining his previous negative position, Romney said he had wanted to wait to get more facts from the White House briefing and that having heard it, he was with LBJ 100 per cent. As the session ended, Secretary McNamara, one time De- troiter when president of the Ford Motor Company, came up J»-—-—-— to Romney, onetime head of American Motors. "I see you called me a liar at the governors' conference," said McNamara. There was a smile on his face, but a tinge of acid in his voice. "Oh, no," replied the governor of Michigan, "I didn't say that. I said you had misinformed the public over the years." Romney referred to Secretary McNamara's optimistic statement in 1963 that he hoped the "major part of the U. S. military task could be completed by the end of 1965." Aside from this altercation, and the fact that Gov. Mark Hatfield still held out against the Johnson policy, every governor walked out of the closed-door session obviously impressed with the President's sincerity and determination. Said big Jim Farley, one-time sand-lot baseball player when he got a report on the conference: "Don't talk. He's pitching a no- hit game." - o - communists would win. The President's current willingness to hold elections is especially significant because Stanford Gottlieb of SANE who has just come back from Saigon, Algiers and Paris where he spoke with North Vietnamese and Viet Cong leaders, reports then seemed amenable to talks if based on the terms of the 1954 Geneva Treaty. The President's reversal of policy in seeking U. N. cooperation resulted from the persuasive influence of new U. N. Ambassador Arthur Goldberg. Goldberg, always a strong supporter of the U. N. and one of the best negotiators in the history of labor and management, had no trouble in convincing the President that having accepted the new job at the United Nations, he, Goldberg, should be given an opportunity to work at peace for Viet Nam at the U. N. - o - --LBJ BRIEFS THE LEADERS-- The problem that seemed to disturb President Johnson most during his recent bipartisan talks with Congressional leaders was "division" in public opinion over our policies in Viet Nam. The meeting was held Just before he went before the nation with his announcement of stepped up military activity in Viet Nam. He began by asking that Congressional leaders play down the meeting. He went on: "There has already been too much commotion about this conference. I don't think this is in the best interests of the country. There really isn't any reason, after all, for all the excitement. We're facing a tough job that has to be done in Viet Nam, and we're doing it. "But let's all try to play it in a low key. That's the way I am going to act. If I wanted to be spectacular I would go up to Capitol Hill and make my report to the people in the form of a joint message to Congress. I don't want to go about this with a big bluster and declaration of war which would cause someone els.e to declare war." He referred to national unity about a dozen times. However, there was no mention of politics by either the President or his guests, or reference to individual Republicans, such as House GOP Leader Jerry Ford or George Romney of Michigan who have openly criticized Johnson for not "fully informing" the American people about the war in Viet Nam. - o —MCNAMARA'S LOGIC- Secretary McNamara was less eloquent, but gave Congressional leaders some blunt facts. Among the most important were: 1. The military side in Viet Nam is now more important than the political or economic. The latter two are' important, but the military picture has deteriorated so badly that it must be given strong preference. 2. McNamara was asked why Air Force bombers had not hit Hanoi and other important targets in North Viet Nam. He replied that every effort is being made to avoid bombing civilians, and that Hanoi is a population center. He stressed the fact that bombing civilians merely stiffens national resistance, serves no military purpose. PLAN NOW JO ATTEND THE KOSSUTH COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 17-20 —OPENINGS FOR PEACE- They didn't make-headlines, but the diplomats found encouraging new openings for peace talks tucked away in the President's statement on Viet Nam. The openings showed that he meant what he said when he told the governors the United States would punch for peace at the conference table. The openings were: 1. The invitation to U Thant of the United Nations to get into the peace act. This was a complete reversal of previous policy. On February 25, U Thant said he had submitted "concrete ideas and proposals" to both sides. He got a cold shoulder from Washington, Rebuked a White House spokesman; "There are no authorized negotiations under way with Mr. Thant or any other government. The President has not authorised anyone to participate Innegotiat- STOCK CAR RACES TUESDAY & FRIDAY 8 P.M. F-R-E-E BEEF BARBECUE THURSDAY 5:30-7:30 P.M. LIVESTOCK SALE FRIDAY 8A.M. RECORD LIVESTOCK ENTRIES Monday, August 16: 3:00 p.m.—County Livestock Judging program. 3:00 p.m.—Judging of 4-H projects (Home Economic) Tuesday, August 17: 8:00 a.m.—Judging of Purebred Swine and 4-H exhibits (non-livestock and Home Economic) 8:30 ajn.—Judging of dairy class. 9:00 a.m.-^Judging of Floral Hall exhibits, 4-H Garden and Crops. 9:00 a.m.—Judging of 4-H colts, open class colts, horses, 4-H poultry and 4-H rabbits. 8:00 p.m.—Stock Car Races. Wednesday, August 18: 8:00 a.m.—Judging of purebred beef heifers and 4-H exhibits (Home Economic) 8:30 a.m.—Judging of baby beef. 7:30 p.m.—Tractor pulling contest. Thursday, August 19: 8:30 a.m.—Judging of market lambs, followed by purebred sheep 10:00 ajn. 1:00 p.m.—Judging of market swine. 6:00 p.m.—Free Barbecue. 8:00 p.m.—Merritts Circle M Rodeo. Friday, August 20: 8:00 a.m.—Sale of sheep and swine. 9:00 a.m.—Sale of baby beef. 8:00 p.m.—Stock Car Race (Kossuth County Fair Championship.) The gates will be open to visitors from 7:00 AM. to midnight each day of the Fair. Prices of Admission Day and Night General Admission, Adult $ .50 General Admission, Children 13 yrs. to 10 yrs. _ ,25 General Admission, Children 10 yrs. and under Free Auto or Vehicle Free Grandstand General Admission, Evening $1.00 Children 10 years and under to age 5 $ .50 Tractor Pulling Contest _ Adults 50c, Children 25c HUGE MACHINERY EXHIBIT MERRIAM'S MIDWAY SHOWS ALL 4 DAYS TRACTOR PULLING CONTEST WEDNESDAY 7:30 P.M. MERRITT'S CIRCLE M RODEO THURSDAY 8 P.M.
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