CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 16, 1968
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(Studio) 2nd part report on pacification program follows. United States officials claim it has progressed. Security percentages recapped. Said disputed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Saigon, South Vietnam and other South Vietnam sites) Computer measures pacification pace by hamlet evaluation system. System described. Ambassador Robert Komer devised system. Now ambassador to Turkey. [KOMER - describes procedure, questionnaire.] Critics exist. [Representative John TUNNEY - says premise wrong.] Procedure further explained. Major Donnie Pearce interviewed in Cu Chi. [PEARCE - explains evaluations.] Enemy within explained. Viet Cong action evident in Cu Chic. Comparative reports screened. Critics say figures too optimistic. [KOMER - believes trends are validly indicated.] [TUNNEY - opposes Komer's opinion; cites 1968 TET offensive.] Another offensive would undermine program. Advance of South Vietnam government troops since bomb halt cited. Progress reason given. Tempo keyed to Paris talks.
REPORTER: Murray Fromson
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