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Midway Meeting / Withdrawal / Laird / Reaction #204433

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 09, 1969
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Melvin Laird hints of more troop withdrawals to be announced during summer. President Nixon reported to have considered withdrawing 50,000 by year's end. August announcement will probably hold remaining 25,000. Uncertain what led to early announcement.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [LAIRD - says have program for changing United States role in Vietnam and South East Asia. Program to modernize South Vietnam forces will bear fruit over next period of time. Another decision to be made in early August]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Laird says 1st units to go will include Marine and Army combat troops. Congress hawks endorse withdrawal while doves call it inadequate. Senator George McGovern calls it tokenism. Senator Edward Kennedy hopes it means change in policy. Senator Everett Dirksen sees it as 1st solid hope for American people. North Vietnam calls it meaningless and Soviet Tass news agency calls it drop in ocean. South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu says pull-out his idea, because South Vietnam ready to take over more of fighting.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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