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Vietnam War / United States Air Aid #214451

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 20, 1971
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(Studio) Air war conts. unabated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pentagon) Film of bomb loading on carrier Constellation shown. Changes in war shown; Pentagon figures used. Nixon versus Johnson questions considered. Who bombs more? Air war not escalating. More bombs dropped in Nixon years, but year reports differ; trend downward. Study at Cornell University [Prof. Raphael LITTAUER - explains study.] Air war said widened; Sortie rates questioned. South Vietnam sorties declined, leveled off at high plateau in Laos; Cambodia level holding steady. [LITTAUER - explains Ho Chi Minh trail bombing, creation of refugees.] [November 12, 1971, film President NIXON - stresses importance of air strikes on infiltration rtes.] Capability of escalation present. No end in sight to air war.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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