CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 15, 1969
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Melvin Laird concedes Vietnam lull could be significant. Sent Chairperson Joint Chiefs Staff, General Earle Wheeler to Vietnam to see if it's the time to deescalate. Laird speaks to Senate Foreign Relations Sub. Committee
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Laird asks for $650 million for military assistance plan and foreign military sales. Subject dwelt on Vietnam for 3 hrs. [LAIRD - says pleased with declining casualties. Hope for Vietnam peace; have turned corner. Instituted Vietnamization program.] Senator Albert Gore asked Laird 5 times whether there's a change in Admin. war objectives. [GORE - asks about change in objectives. Refers to document.] [LAIRD - says no.] Laird says Defense Department reviewing orders to military Cmdrs. in Vietnam.
REPORTER: David Dick
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