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Vietnam / Military Strategy / Hanoi View / Thieu / POW #200807

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 24, 1969
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(Studio) White House sends out fact-sheet explaining current military strategy in Vietnam. Top priorities: Vietnamization and protective reaction to hold down US losses. Dep. United States Commander Lieutenant General Frank Mildren says knows of no orders to scale fighting down and doesn't know what protective reaction means. Pentagon says General Creighton Abrams knows of orders and matter is between him and Mildren. Australian journalist, Wilfred Burchett, interviewed after trip from Hanoi.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Paris, France) [BURCHETT - says North Vietnam doesn't believe United States pulling out. They feels it's a "war of attrition." Moratorium confirmed their belief in unilateral withdrawal. Prepared for indefinite long pull.]
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer

(Studio) Thieu alliance suffers setback when Democrat Socialists pull out. Don Webster reports they felt alliance was only gesture. Pfc. Jesse Harris, 20, freed by Communists
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalischer, Peter

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