NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 22, 1969
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(Studio) After cuts of 2 spy ships, 2/3 Marine Div., 200 Air Force planes, and number of Navy ships, Pentagon budget to be cut to $77 billion. American military has operated on assumption it had to be ready for 4 or 5 wars at same time. American presence throughout the world questioned. Senator Mike Mansfield feels too many Americans in Far East.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Mansfield found American economy and military involvement in local affairs of S.E. Asia. [MANSFIELD - cites deep involvement. 800,000 men involved. President Nixon laid out new doctrine. No evidence President "Guam Declaration" taken to heart. They're just now getting word on what it means.] Mansfield found no evidence of tactical combat in Laos. Says it could lead to another Vietnam.
REPORTER: John Chancellor