CBS Evening News for Friday, May 20, 1977
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(Studio) Major General John Singlaub arrives in NYC, after being ordered home from South Korea for critical comments with regard to administration plans for withdrawal of ground troops from South Korea.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Tokyo, Japan) Report on Singlaub's views as expressed in exclusive interview en route from Seoul. Singlaub says he doesn't think he'll be fired, will apologize to Carter for controversy though not for opinions expressed, and expects to return to Seoul to continue job, include faithful execution of withdrawal plan when time comes. Situation has been compared to Truman's firing of General Doug. MacArthur.
REPORTER: Melinda Nix
(DC) Pentagon says Singlaub was aware of possible consequences, because he'd been in audience at American embassy in Seoul at end of April when Army Chief of Staff General Bernard Rogers explained that Carter's plan to withdraw troops is now policy. Pentagon notes military personnel may criticize administration "action" through channels and to some extent publicly, but after it's "policy", they're expected to be silent and follow orders. Critical comments with regard to plans for United States commander in Korea General John Vessey made in April, noted. Comments by Vessey apparently before Rogers' mission.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas