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(Studio) Secretary Rogers says enemy decrd. fighting and says United States responded likewise.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Rogers hints at further troop withdrawals. [ROGERS - describes lull. United States to take sensible risks for peace, with regard to more withdrawals.] Calls US-Thailand agreement a contingency plan and won't result in Congress being ignored if country under attack. [ROGERS - says understands need for Congress and public support of war.] Policy of phasing out United States in S.E. Asia leads to small scale military operations in South Vietnam
REPORTER: Steve Rowan
(Saigon, South Vietnam) Small groups search for enemy; they'll pull back if they find anything. Different from search and destroy operations. [Platoon Leader 1st Lieutenant Joe KOONCE - says difference is smaller unit. We're faster and do better job than Company] Effort is also to prevent casualties. [III Corps Commander Lieutenant General Julian EWELL - says not deescalating. Enemy would be back up if we deescalated.]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Rowan, Steve;
- Threlkeld, Richard
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