CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 09, 1972
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(Studio) Navy jet shot down over North Vietnam, pilot missing. Air Force and Navy jets continue strikes on North Vietnam: bridge at Thanh Hoa, ship yard near Haiphong.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Saigon, South Vietnam) Navy admiral says North Vietnam can't last more than 4 more months due to port blockage of supplies. Air Force general says North Vietnam railroad links with China have been cut and North Vietnam incapable of mounting another large offensive. In the field, an Army general says he sees no effect of blockade. South Vietnam government doesn't believe blockade will cause North Vietnam to surrender. South Vietnam says North Vietnam can't be stopped unless her economy (incl. dikes) is destroyed. [North Vietnam film of North Vietnam supplies on Ho Chi Minh trail shown.] South Vietnam President Thieu warns of another Communist offensive.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
(Pentagon) United States officials believe North Vietnam war machine hurt badly by blockade and bombing, but that North Vietnam can launch 1 more attack on South Vietnam. [Director, Vietnam task force, Major General David OTT - says North Vietnam has had large stockpiles of supplies, so more time needed to assess value of blockade. Secretary Defense Laird expects results in fall and spring.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
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