NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 25, 1972
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(Studio) Senator Mike Gravel tries but fails to read into Congressional Record study on Vietnam ordered by President Nixon in 1969. Study, based on assessments from Defense and State Depts. and CIA, publisHed in Washington "Post." It gives gloomy assessment of Vietnamization.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) [GRAVEL - says Nixon ignored advice not to implement Vietnamization.] (Pentagon) Study shows administration, upon taking office, took desperate political gamble.
REPORTER: Robert Goralski
(White House) White House sources say President Nixon knew Vietnamization was a gamble, but hoped to minimize risks by engaging China and Russia in settling war. Says secret paper describes a situation whicH no longer exists, as full-scale invasion has replaced guerrilla warfare.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani