• Short Summary

    GENERAL WESTMORELAND, UNITED STATES COMMANDER IN VIETNAM, YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) CONCLUDE TWO DAYS OF DISCUSSIONS AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON VIETNAM WITH PRESIDENT JOHNSON AND REPORTED AFTERWARDS THAT MILITARY THE UNITED STATES HAD NEVER BEEN IN A BETTER POSITION IN THE CONFLICT.

  • Description

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    GV EXT. WHITE HOUSE.
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    MV WESTMORELAND AT MICROPHONE (LBJ AT HIS SIDE) SOF STARTS AT 8 FEET "I TOLD THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF..." SOF ENDS".... FROM THE ENEMY."
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    3.
    SV WESTMORELAND & LBJ WALK AWAY.
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    TRANSCRIPT: WESTMORELAND: I TOLD THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF THAT DESPITE THE INITIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT OF THE ENEMY'S TET OFFENSIVE THE ENEMY FAILED TO ACHIEVE A PUBLIC UPRISING BY THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH VIETNAM TO BRING ABOUT THE DEFEAT OF THE ARMED FORCES IN VIETNAM, AND TO ACHIEVE HIS MILITARY OBJECTIVES. THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT IS PROCEEDING RAPIDLY TO INCREASE THE STRENGTH OF ITS ARMED FORCES BY 135-THOUSAND MEN. AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF THE VIETNAMESE ARMED FORCES DURING THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS REVEALS THAT IN GENERAL THEY HAVE FOUGHT BRAVELY AND WELL. MILITARILY WE HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A BETTER RELATIVE POSITION IN SOUTH VIETNAM. THE ENEMY'S SIEGE OF KHE SANH HAS BEEN RELIEVED BY GROUND ACTION. NOW FOLLOWING NEW FROM MY COMMAND I HAVE SENT A MESSAGE TO GENERAL CUSHMAN CONGRATULATING HIM AND THE TROOPS UNDER HIS OPERATIONAL CONTROL FOR THEIR SUCCESS IN RELIEVING THE KHE SANH BASE AND WRESTING THE INITIATIVE FROM THE ENEMY.




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    Background: GENERAL WESTMORELAND, UNITED STATES COMMANDER IN VIETNAM, YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) CONCLUDE TWO DAYS OF DISCUSSIONS AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON VIETNAM WITH PRESIDENT JOHNSON AND REPORTED AFTERWARDS THAT MILITARY THE UNITED STATES HAD NEVER BEEN IN A BETTER POSITION IN THE CONFLICT.

    THE GENERAL LATER FLEW TO CALIFORNIA TO REPORT TO GENERAL EISENHOWER ABOUT HIS TALKS WITH THE PRESIDENT. HE IS DUE TO RETURN TO SAIGON TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

    THE FINAL DISCUSSIONS WERE ATTENDED ALSO BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE, DEAN RUSK, DEFENCE SECRETARY, CLARK CLIFFORD, VICE PRESIDENT HUMPHREY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL EARLE WHEELER.

    GENERAL WESTMORELAND TOLD REPORTERS AFTER THE MEETING THAT HE HAD SENT A MESSAGE OF CONGRATULATIONS TO LIEUTENANT GENERAL CUSHMAN FOR THE SUCCESS OF 'OPERATION PEGASUS' WHICH LED TO THE RELIEF OF KHE SANH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8AU87PE7AOXRRK2TTWSVVL6U0
    Media URN:
    VLVA8AU87PE7AOXRRK2TTWSVVL6U0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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