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Laos Operation / Pentagon / Senate #215682

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 24, 1971
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(Studio) Defense Secretary Laird says North Vietnam counterattacks cut Laos operation short.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Pentagon source says South Vietnam President Thieu refused to commit more troops to operation; crushed United States Cmdrs.' hopes for South Vietnam to stand and fight North Vietnam attacks, believe Thieu fears high casualties endanger chances for re-election.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Senator Doves unusually quiet during Laos Operation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Doves agreed toning down comments to avoid domestic turmoil during operation; assured no United States ground troops involved. General Vogt briefing at start of operation proved over-optimistic due to faulty intelligence reports End of operation may set off new anti-war activity in Congress
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Schieffer, Bob

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