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(Studio) Situation in South Vietnam looked at in perspective.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(No location given) President Thieu now says he was promised, at Paris peace signing, 1 for 1 equipment replacement by United States and United States involvement again if North Vietnam violated peace agreement. On Apr. 2, 1973, Thieu and President Nixon met in California. Thieu must have been affected when Congress cut back appropriations, prohibited use of American troops in South Vietnam, and saw Nixon pulled down by Watergate. As United States cut back supplies to government, North Vietnam building up theirs. Govt. began rationing ammunition to troops; Saigon morale sagged. Beginning of end began this spring with fall of Ban Me Thuot. United States ambassador Graham Martin not in South Vietnam at time of Thieu's decision to abandon central highlands and north provinces. Most cmdrs. and troops too busy saving themselves and families to restore any order or calmness to situation. Now, 2/3 of country in hands of Communists& ability to fight for other 1/3 under question.
REPORTER: Steve Bell
- Bell, Steve;
- Smith, Howard K.
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