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President / Cambodia / More United States Aid / Government Troops #239388

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 07, 1975
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(Studio) President rptdly. willing to agree to ask for less aid for Cambodia if Congress gets to work on request next week Ike Pappas reports Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee considers authorizing only $120 million; President wants at least $180 million. Following President' press conf., telephone calls running 6 to 1 against further aid to Cambodia. In Cambodia, government troops fail to push back insurgents from so-called rocket belt around Phnom Penh airport. Govt. army pitifully undermanned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) Schools filled with draft age young men whose parents able to buy sons' way out of army. Less advantaged Cambodians must fight this war. 6 weeks training course for army inductees cut almost in 1/2 because army needs these men so desperately. Unpopular Lon Nol government won't offend further by enforcing martial law and bringing draft deferment to an end.
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning

(Studio) Commercial flights to Phnom Penh airport resumed following 2 days of heavy shelling.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Dunning, Bruce

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