CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 02, 1978
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(Studio) Tet offensive of 1968, considered by many to be turning point in Vietnam war, mentioned. Report with regard to cross-country appearances by one of top US officials involved in Vietnam war to tell his view of what happened.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Burlington, VT) Films shown. Details with regard to 1968 Tet offensive, include Viet Cong penetration of United States embassy grounds, and reaction of American cmdrs. in Saigon given. [General William WESTMORELAND - describes enemy's action as deceitful and notes North Vietnam's losses.] Westmoreland's present tour of college campuses to give own view of war and why it went as it did to students who were mostly in elementary school at that time detailed; Westmoreland's views outlined. [WESTMORELAND - says United States deserted South Vietnam.] Lack of Vietnam war era-styled demonstrations and presence of teach-in designed to tell students of Westmoreland's controversial role in war, as planned by political groups on campus during his appearance at University of VT, cited. [STUDENTS - talk of memories or knowledge of Westmoreland and controversy surrounding him during war.] Small protest prior to general's speech noted. [WESTMORELAND - agrees with demonstrators that attention should be called to Vietnam war periodically, but notes differences in way of looking at it.] Westmoreland's stated reasons for speaking out on war given.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
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