Thursday, January 16,,1969
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, January 16, 1969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three
HOW MANY MORE?:
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by The Associated Press and College Press Ser? ice
By PETER ARNETT
By The Associated Press
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How many dead can the Viet
Cong take? The question fas-
cinates American commanders.
By official Vietnamese tabu-
lation, 191,307 of the enemy fell
last year. The real body count
may be less, but there is little
doubt that more than 100,000
died in the streets ofNSaigon.
the back alleys of Da Nang, in
the grounds of the American
Embassy, in fruitless . attacks
on American firebases and un-
der the B52 bomb.
"The North Vietnamese have
literally thrown themselves to
their death," a brigade com-
mander commented. "The war
in 1968 became a much-easier
one for Americans and the Viet-
namese to fight."
By emerging from jungles and
swamps, the main forces gave
up a military superiority that
once promised survival. Attri-
tion became effective, with the
constant loss of small-unit lead-
ership to allied guns, lowering
the general standard of fight-
'Even so, formidable Viet Cong
forces have again massed along
the borders, possibly with a big-
ger order of battle than during
last Tet, and certainly with new-
er equipment and well trained
"They are probably waiting
for the opportune time to hit,"
a senior American officer com-
mnented - an event expected
later this year, launched either
to force home a point after the
peace talks get moving, or
launch full scale war again if
The allied forces are in a
much better pOsition this year
to forestall a renewed Viet Cong
offensive than they were 12
months ago. Seventy per cent
of. theenemy's estimated 150,-
000-man force is North Viet-
namese who do not enjoy the
same degree of penetration into
the Vietnamese establishment
that the local Viet Cong has.
The Viet Cong forces, how-
ever, have proved expert at
seizing local initiative. They are
masters of surprise diversion, and
are imaginative and bold in
executing military strikes. "We
have continually overestimated
the capacity of the enemy, and
have underestimated his imagi-
nation and daring," an Amer-
ican observer commented.mr
Given those qualities, the
Viet Cong forces can in the
event of a renewed offensive,
be expected to break through
the outer line of allied defenses
and plunge to population cen-
This could tear to shreds the
"accelerated pacification" pro-
gram that began as a land-
grabbing technique b e f o re
Christmas when a permanent
ceasefire was thought possible,
and looks as if it would be the
basis for the 1969 pacification
"Accelerated pacification is
an optical illusion anyway, just
a card to play at the negotiating
table," an American provincial
"We are spread too thin. We
are filling the vacuum, but this
is only valid as long as the en-
emy main forces stay out. If
they come back they'll walk all
This view may be overly som-
ber, particularly in view of the
proven superiority of allied fire-
power thathas cut down the
Viet Cong and the North Viet-
namese in thousands.
Most authorities in Vietnam,
however, feel that the Commu-
nist-led forces will continue to,
attempt to pound their way into
power if the Paris talks fail to
reach some kind of settlement.
Some Americans now in Viet-
nam would prefer to see t h e
Vietnamese army doing more
and the Americans less if this is
One American commented, "I
was once one of 17 men who
fought our way off a hill in Ko-
rea. We left 500 Chinese and the
rest of our company dead be-
"I realized then that a nation
that places a value on human
life cannot afford to engage in a
war in the Orient. In the Orient,
loss of manpower is important
only as to the time and the man-
ner that replacements can come
THREE SOVIET COSMONAUTS were launched into
space yesterday in an orbit close to that of a comrade
who has been aloft 24 hours.
The launching led to speculation the spacemen would
attempt the world's first crew transfer in orbit. This would
be an important step toward the establishment of space
laboratories. The U.S. has yet to attempt this space feat.
THE SENATE will vote today whether to change Sen-
ate Rule 22, which currently requires a two-thirds ma-
jority of members to shut off a filibuster.
Democratic leader Mike Mansfield said yesterday he
would not vote to sustain Vice President Humphrey's ruling
on Tuesday that a simple majority of the Senate could change
Rule 22. Liberals want to reduce the two-thirds requirement
PRESIDENT-ELECT NIXON'S cabinet nominees yes-
terday went under review by the Senate.
William P. Rogers told the Foreign Relations Commis-
sion that as secretary of state he would urge the Saigon
government to proceed with the Paris talks regardless of dis-
agreement over the shape of the negotiating table.
Alaska Gov. Walter J. Hickel, an exponent of rapid indus-
trialization in Alaska, said after his selection as secretary of
the interior he would not be opposed to modifying some
Interior Department regulations in the interest of industrial-
ization. Yesterday he tol4 the Senate Interior Committee he
hopes to work with Congress "in a spirit of constructive co-
Maurice H. Stans, selected for secretary of commerce,
and David Packard, slated for deputy secretary of defense,
went before the Commerce Committee and the Armed Serv-
ices Committee respectively. Stans' and Packard's hearings
centered on whether they had placed their personal affairs
and finances beyond conflict with their public duties.
THE CARRIER ENTERPRISE reported that all but
one of the 17 men previously missing in the explosion and
fire Tuesday have been accounted for.
This brings the toll to 24 dead, 85 injured and one missing.
An air and sea search is continuing for the one man still
Fifteen aircraft aboard the 85,000-ton carrier were de-
stroyed in the blaze as the ship conducted a bombing train-
ing exercise 75 miles from Pearl Harbor.
The Navy attributed the initial explosion to a bomb
falling from an airplane landing on the carrier, but later
withdrew this explanation pending an investigation.
* * *
POPE PAUL VI accused his Roman Catholic critics
yesterday of trying to overhaul the Church in what he
called the form of the Protestant Reformation.
It was the first time since the world wide outcry against
his stand on birth control that the Pope has publicly likened
the wave of opposition to his authority to the 16th century
revolt. Many in the Roman Catholic Church consider the
challenge to the papacy brought out by the Pope's ban against
contraception a most serious crisis.
IN WAR ACTION yesterday, U.S. Marines captured
several tunnels on the Batangan Peninsula, seized food
caches and smashed back a Viet Cong attempt to break
out of an allied trap. -
Inland, the rest of the 8,200 U.S. and South Vietnamese
that clamped a cordon around the enemy supply base Mon-
day, ran into only light sniper fire. Two Marines were report-
ed killed and seven wounded. Viet Cong casualties were un-
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