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    YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) PRESIDENT JOHNSON SHELVED PROPOSALS FOR HALTING THE BOMBING OF NORTH VIETNAM. ALL DISCUSSIONS?

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    PRESIDENT JOHNSON SPEAKING AT AN INVESTITURE CEREMONY.



    TRANSCRIPT: JOHNSON: AND LET THOSE WHO WOULD STOP THE BOMBING ANSWER THIS QUESTIO ' WHAT WOULD THE NORTH VIETNAMESE BE DOINTG IF WE STOPPED THE BOMBING AND LET THEM ALONE? THE ANSWER I THINK IS CLEAR. THE ENEMY FORCE IN THE SOUTH WOULD BE LARGER. IT WOULD BE BETTER EQUIPPED. THE WAR WOULD BE HARDER. THE LOSSES WOULD BE GREATER THE DIFFICULTIES WOULD BE LONGER AND OF ONE THING YOU CAN BE SURE, IT WOULD COST MANY MORE AMERICAN LIVES. THE MEN WHO HAVE MET, AND WHO HAVE MATCHED THE ENEMY ON THE GROUND THESE PAST FEW HOURS, IN OUR CORPS, IN THE SECOND CORPS, IN THE THIRD CORPS IN SAIGON, THE CITIES ALONG THE ENTIRE COUNTRYSIDE, HAVE A VERY SPECIAL UNDERSTANDING AND A VERY SPECIAL APPRECIATION, I ASSURE YOU, OF WHAT AIR POWER REALLY MEANS. IT CANNOT KEEP THE SNIPER FROM CLIMBING A ROOF, BUT IT CAN AND IT DOES REDUCE THE MOMENTUM AND IT CNA KEEP MANY OF THE ENEMIES MEN OFF THE BACKS OF OUR MEN WHO ARE DEFENDING OUR LIVES. AND UNTIL WE HAVE SOME BETTER SIGN THAN WHAT WE HAVE HAD THESE LAST FEW DAYS, THAT I HOPE ANY AMERICAN CAN SEE AND READ, LOUD AND CLEAR WE HAVE PROVIDED THAT HE WILL NOT STEP UP HIS TERRORISM AND UNLESS WE HAVE SOME SIGN THAT HE WILL NOT ACCELERATE HIS AGGRESSION IF WE HALT THE BOMBING, THEN AMERICAN OUGHT TO GIVE THEM, AND THAT IS THE BEST AMERICAN AFFORDS.




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    Background: YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) PRESIDENT JOHNSON SHELVED PROPOSALS FOR HALTING THE BOMBING OF NORTH VIETNAM. ALL DISCUSSIONS OF TERMS FOR ENDING THE BOMBING WERE STOPPED IN THE FACE OF THE VIET CONG OFFENSIVE IN SOUTH VIETNAM WHICH IS KNOWN TO HAVE CLAIMED NEARLY A THOUSAND U.S. AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT LIVES. PRESIDENT JOHNSON SAID: 'UNTIL WE HAVE SOME BETTER SIGN THAN THESE LAST FEW DAYS HAVE PROVIDED' THAT NORTH VIETNAMESE TERRORISM AND AGGRESSION WOULD NOT BE INCREASED IF BOMBING WERE HALTED, 'WE SHALL CONTINUE TO GIVE OUR MEN THAT PROTECTION IF AFFORDS.'
    MR. JOHNSON WAS SPEAKING AT AN INVESTITURE FOR A PILOT DECORATED FOR ACTION OVER NORTH VIETNAM. HE PRESENTED THE MEDAL OF HONOUR TO AIR FORCE MAJOR MERLYN H. DETHLEFSEN FOR HIS PART IN RAIDS AGAINST NORTH VIETNAM'S MISSILE COMPLEX.

    THE PRESIDENT SAID THE BOMBING 'CANNOT KEEP THE ENEMY ULTIMATELY FROM MOVING INTO POSITION. BUT IT CAN REDUCE HIS MOMENTUM. IT CAN KEEP MANY OF HIS MEN OFF THE BACKS OF OUR MEN.'
    HERE IS AN EXTRACT FROM PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S SPEECH..

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    Film ID:
    VLVA22JILCIHRLZ0RZH5MP3QZLDFT
    Media URN:
    VLVA22JILCIHRLZ0RZH5MP3QZLDFT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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