The American Army Chief of Staff, General Frederick Weyand, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on Tuesday (8 April) that South Vietnam could not survive without further military aid.
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CU Chairman John Stennis
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 2): WEYAND: "There's no question in my mind but that will fight. They have been through a very traumatic experience there of the type that I have witnessed myself in combat, of retreat. They're getting an opportunity now to put it back together again, and I think they will."
(SEQ 6): STENNIS: "I'm totally opposed to that myself, but even apart from my belief, I don't think there's any public opinion that would support it and that's just a fact of life. And I start from that premise with my thinking."
"General Weyand told the committee he thinks the South Vietnamese will fight to hold Saigon."
"The General expressed concern over the safety of the Americans in Saigon but offered no solution for their possible evacuation.
"Committee chairman John Stennis quoted Weyand as saying that some additional military aid was necessary for South Vietnam's survival. Stennis, however, was adamant about reintroducing U.S. military forces."
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Background: The American Army Chief of Staff, General Frederick Weyand, told the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on Tuesday (8 April) that South Vietnam could not survive without further military aid.
General Weyand recently completed a tour of South Vietnam for President Ford.
He declined to tell newsmen what his recommendations to the committee were, but the committee chairman, Senator John Stennis, said after the meeting he did not foresee the use of American troops to help the South Vietnamese.
General Weyand did tell newsmen, however, that the South Vietnamese would fight to hold what was left of the country.
He said there was a crisis of confidence among the Vietnamese people as to what support they expected from the United States.
Senator Stennis said that General Weyand would have further talks with President Ford this week before the President made a statement on Vietnam.