• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, MR. DEAN RUSK, ADMITTED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE RECENT?

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    CAPITOL BUILDING; COMMITTEE; RUSK BEING QUESTIONED. (SOF)



    TRANSCRIPT: FULBRIGHT: "FOR THE RECORD, WHY ARE WE IN VIETNAM?".



    RUSK: "WE ARE IN VIETNAM TO TAKE STEPS TO MEET THE COMMON DANGER IN THE FACE OF AN ATTACK BY NORTH VIETNAM AGAINST SOUTH VIETNAM.



    QUESTIONER: "YOU HAVE RELATED THAT GENERAL WHEELER HAS BEEN TO VIETNAM. DID GENERAL WHEELER BRING A REQUEST BACK, HAS GENERAL WESTMORELAND MADE A RECOMMENDATION? HAS THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF MADE A RECOMMENDATION FOR A MAJOR ESCALATION OF THE WAR?"



    RUSK: "MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT THERE'S NO SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATION IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENT AT THE PRESENT TIME. THE ENTIRE SITUATION IS UNDER CONSIDERATION FROM A TO Z. THE PRESIDENT AS YOU KNOW DOES KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE LEADERS OF THE CONGRESS AND THE LEADERS OF COMMITTEES. I JUST DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING MORE I CAN SAY ON THAT. I WOULD ADD, DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE FACT, AS THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER SAID THE OTHER DAY, THAT PRESIDENT JOHNSON HAS TRIED TO CONSULT WITH THE CONGRESS MORE THAN ANY PRESIDENT HE KNOWS OF, AND THESE ARE MATTERS THAT ARE BEING EXAMINED. I THINK THE FACTS AND PROBLEMS AND OPPORTUNITIES ARE TO BE LOOKED AT, BUT I CAN'T SPECULATE ABOUT DECISIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN MADE OR CONCLUSIONS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN REACHED.




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    Background: THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE, MR. DEAN RUSK, ADMITTED TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE RECENT COMMUNIST OFFENSIVE IN VIETNAM HAD SERIOUSLY DISRUPTED THE PACIFICATION PROGRAMME IN THE COUNTRY.

    MR. RUSK, APPEARING BEFORE THE SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE, WAS TAKING PART IN HIS FIRST PUBLIC DISCUSSION ON VIETNAM IN TWO YEARS. HIS CROSS-EXAMINATION BY THE 19 MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WAS NATIONALLY TELEVISED.

    THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE IS SENATOR WILLIAM FULBRIGHT, AN OUTSPOKEN OPPONENT OF THE GOVERNMENT'S POLICY ON VIETNAM. HE ASKED MR. RUSK:-

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    Film ID:
    VLVAPP0Z4SJ110QDZ2LYR4T64GY
    Media URN:
    VLVAPP0Z4SJ110QDZ2LYR4T64GY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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