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President Thieu's Decline and Fall #239609

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 21, 1975
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(Studio) Report follows on Thieu's decline and fall.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Presidency began to crumble last month as Thieu's army retreated in panic from north provinces; political protests followed. 2 weeks ago, Air Force pilot bombed presidential palace. Most Americans 1st heard of Thieu in 1967; new Thieu government warmly and strongly supported by US, but many Vietnam bitterly opposed Thieu from beginning of his presidency. Thieu's real power lay in control of armed forces. Thieu accepted Paris peace talks only under heavy American pressure. [In February `73, THIEU - discusses displeasure with peace talks.] By 2nd inauguration, Thieu had grown incringly. autocratic.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert

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