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Vietnam / Rogers / Thailand / Fighting #205119

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 20, 1969
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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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