• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT LAST WEEK'S HANOI AND HAIPHONG AIR RAIDS HAD DESTROYED ABOUT 57 PER CENT OF NORTH VIETNAM'S KNOWN OIL STORAGE CAPACITY.

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    JOHNSON AT MICROPHONE AND NEWSMEN, SOF.



    PRESIDENT JOHNSON WAS ASKED ABOUT THE REACTION TO HIS DECISION TO EXTEND THE BOMBING IN NORTH VIETNAM:



    JOHNSON: "YES WE HAVE...WELL FIRST OF ALL, ALL THE COMMUNIST COUNTRIES, GENERALLY SPEAKING, OPPOSED IT RATHER VEHEMENTLY. A NUMBER WERE RATHER VICIOUS IN THEIR STATEMENTS THAT WE WERE...AND I THINK INACCURATE...THAT WE WERE BOMBING CIVILIAN TARGETS AND KILLING CIVILIANS. WE WERE CAREFUL TO SELECT MILITARY TARGETS THAT WERE NOT IN THE PATH OF CIVILIANS AND TO SPARE ALL CIVILIANS. WE TOOK EVERY PRECAUTION AVAILABLE TO US. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE THINKING OF ANY COUNTRY OR ANY PEOPLE OR ANY PERSON THAT SAY WE SHOULD SIT BY WITH OUR HANDS TIED BEHIND US WHILE THESE MEN BRING THEIR MORTARS AND THEIR HAND GRENADES AND THEIR BOMBS INTO OUR BARRACKS AND KILL OUR MARINES AND ATTACK OUR CAMPS AND MURDER THE VILLAGE CHIEF AND THAT WE SHOULD NOT DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. WE HAVE TRIED TO MAKE THIS DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO CONTINUE AT THE PRESENT RATE. WE DO NOT SAY IT WILL STOP THE INFILTRATION...WE DO NOT SAY IT WILL REDUCE IT...BUT WE DO THINK IT WILL MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR THEM AND WE DO THINK IT WILL REQUIRE THEM TO ASSIGN ADDITIONAL PEOPLE AND WE TO THINK IT WILL GIVE THEM PROBLEMS. WE HAVE HAD A POLICY THAT MEASURES RESPONSE AND GRADUALLY INCREASING OUR STRENGTH FROM TIME TO TIME AND WE PLAN TO CONTINUE THIS. MOST OF THE COMMUNIST COUNTRIES HAVE EXPRESSED DISAPPROVAL; MOST OF THE COUNTRIES IN THE AREA INVOLVED AND ALL OF THE COUNTRIES WHO HAVE MEN IN UNIFORM APPROVED OUR ACTION. NOW IT'S DIFFICULT FOR ME TO UNDERSTAND THE RESPONSE OF SOME NATION THAT'S NOT INVOLVE. A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN THEIR OWN SECURITY WAS AT STAKE AND THEY NEEDED AMERICAN MEN AND THEY WANTED US TO FURNISH AMERICAN TROOPS NOT TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT WE'RE DOING TO HELP OTHERS MAINTAIN THEIR INDEPENDENCE NOW. SO I'D HAVE SAID THAT WE'VE HAD VERY ENCOURAGING REPORTS FROM A GOOD MANY OF OUR ALLIES. WE WERE DISAPPOINTED IN A FEW. WE EXPECTED THE REGULAR COMMUNIST RESPONSE, NAMELY THAT THIS WOULD HARDEN THE OPPOSITION AND THAT IT WOULD NOT LEAD TO NEGOTIATIONS AND WE WERE KILLING CIVILIANS AND THAT WE WERE NOT BOMBING MILITARY TARGETS BUT ALL THOSE THINGS WE'D CONSIDER IN ADVANCE AND WE THINK THAT WE PROCEEDED WITH THE RIGHT COURSE AND SINCE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT POLLS, I WAS INFORMED TODAY THAT THE NATIONAL POLL SAYS THAT 85 PER CENT OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY APPROVED WITH THIS POSITION AND I THINK THAT WE DID THE RIGHT THING AT THE RIGHT TIME AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO BE AS SUCCESSFUL IN THE DAYS AHEAD.




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    Background: PRESIDENT JOHNSON TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT LAST WEEK'S HANOI AND HAIPHONG AIR RAIDS HAD DESTROYED ABOUT 57 PER CENT OF NORTH VIETNAM'S KNOWN OIL STORAGE CAPACITY.

    SPEAKING FROM THE PORT OF HIS LBJ RANCH IN TEXAS, THE PRESIDENT SAID THAT 86 PER CENT OF NORTH VIETNAM'S OIL AND PETROLEUM CAPACITY HAD BEEN HIT DURING THE RAIDS. THE ESTIMATES HAD BEEN GIVEN TO HIM THIS MORNING.

    THE NEWS CONFERENCE - PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S FIRST FOR SEVERAL MONTHS - WAS TELEVISED LIVE TO MILLIONS OF VIEWERS IN BRITAIN VIA THE EARLY BIRD SATELLITE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7S4R9FCOPRPX6B21MN0RIU84D
    Media URN:
    VLVA7S4R9FCOPRPX6B21MN0RIU84D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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