THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1967
PAGE SIX TIlE MICHIGAI% DAiLY THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1967
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WASHINGTON (/)-The World an escalated war in Vietnam. mara had been "pushed out." The
Bank announced last night its Europe's newspapers largely White House kept silence, saying
executive directors have agreed agreed, despite disclaimers of any it could not argue with 'phantom'
unanimously to offer Secretary policy change that the shift rumors.
of Defense Robert S. McNamara strengthens the hawks in Ameri- One of the points of speculation
the presidency of the 107-nation can policy councils and fore- circulating through Washington :
lending institution. shadows a hardened military ef- was that McNamara was being
The one-sentence announcement fort. eased out because the Joint Chiefs
followed an informal session of Some Congress members echoed of Staff, or some of them, hadj
the 20 directors which began about Europe's concern about an accel- threatened to resign in protest
noon, was recessed during the erated war. However, few seemed against the defense secretary's in-
afternoon, and resumed at 5 p.m. to agree with Sen. Edward M. fluence on the conduct of the war.
The statement came two hours Kennedy (D-Mass), that McNa- Gen. Earle G. Wheeler, chair-
after the start of the late session.
Officials of the bank said a"
further statement would be forth-
coming shortly. Problems Await D
Earlier, it was reported that Associated Press News Analysis inherit vexing problems from Mc-
only one of the 20 executive di- ihrtvxn rbesfo c
rectors - the one representingWASHINGTON (I)-The next Namara, among them the Vietnam
France, Georges Plescoff-with- secretary of defense will have to war and the still troubled F111
held an expression of approval establish his authority early. fighter plane project, once known
originally. Formal endorsement The armed services, tamed by as the TFX.
was held up while Plescoff con- Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara also will leave be-
suIted Paris. McNamara, are likely to test his hind him a fundamental budget re-
Directors representing Latin successor's mettle. form which is his monument. The
America reportedly were enthu- The new Pentagon chief also budget approach, which he instal-
siastic in endorsing McNamara, may have to face a Congress bent led and enforced on the services
who has frequently urged greater on showing him it is boss. For in 1961, probably will continue to
aid for the underdeveloped coun- nearly seven years, Congress has operate to suppress service bicker-
tries of the southern hemisphere. smarted under what some members ing over the split-up of defense
But debate flared round the have called McNamara's arrogance dollars,
world on whether McNamara's de- and "know-it-all" attitude. It is this budget reform, among
parture from the Pentagon means The next defense chief also will otisthisbugearfrmcam
others, that McNamara has claim-
man of the joint chiefs, told visi-
tors such reports have no basis
in fact and that he was deeply
disturbed by their appearance.
"No one has ever in my time
in Washington threatened to re-
sign," Wheeler said. "We just
don't do things that way."
The four-star general called Mc-
Namara "one of the most com-
petent men I have met" and
added: "We in the military ad-
the enormously complex defense
"Whoever is head of the depart-
ment should run it," McNamara
said. "The head of any organiza-
tion ought to place himself in posi-
tion to make decisions and to
stand behind them."
McNamara, working 12-hour
days, has made hundreds of sepa-
rate decisions, involving billions of
dollars, in personal item-by-item
reviews of military budget pro-
posals each year.
This detailed personal involve-
ment has been criticized by some
on grounds a really good admin-
istrator would delegate as much
authority as possible to trusted
The generals and admirals have
often chafed under McNamara's
imposed restraints, but none have
dared to challenge him in public.
He has made no secret of his de-
termination to keep the armed
services from quarreling among
themselves or lobbying outside of
There are differences betweer
McNamara and the joint chief:
clearly on the record, but the
joint chiefs' chairman and other
military figures denied that these
differences had degenerated into
"He is a close personal friend
of mine, and I hope that he re-
ciprocates that feeling," Wheeler
said of McNamara.
Still rife also was speculation
on McNamara's successor. Gov.
John Connally of Texas, men-
tioned by many guessers, said he
has received no offer of the cab-
inet post and expects none,
But Connally's words to Texas
newsmen only rekindled specula-
tion about himself. He said he
plans to serve out his governor-
ship in Texas "unless there are
very unusual circumstances."
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al defense strategy, switching from
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liation to a more flexible ability
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