Friday, May 11, 1973
THE SUMMER DAILY
Nixon to keep bombing Cambodia
Raids to get high priority
until cease-fire approvedLe E 4
By STEWART HENSLEY
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Presi-
dent Richard Nixon has mode
clear that he is determined to
continue the Cambodian bomb-
ing until the communist forces
agree to the cease-fire offered by
the Lon Nol government.
His determination was under-
scored last Monday by Defense
Secretary Elliot Richardson in
an appearance before the Sen-
ate Appropriations Committee.
Richardson said the President as-
signs such a high priority to
the U.S. air attacks that he will
continue them whether or not
Congress authorizes the transfer
of funds for this purpose.
NIXON WILL reduce U.S. mili-
tary operations in Europe and
elsewhere during the next two
months if he is forced to do so
to cover the expense of the Cam-
bodian operation, according to
The question raised here with
increasing frequency is why the
President is willing to defy Con-
gress and risk further alienation
of public opinion in behalf of a
government to which the United
States has no commitment.
SECRETARY OF STATE Wil-
liam Rogers last week provided
the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee with what he claimed
was the legal justification f o r
the Cambodian bombing. His ar-
gument boiled down to the asser-
tion that the bombing was implic-
itly permitted by the Vietnam
cease fire agreement so long as
the communists continue to re-
fuse to sign a separate cease-
fire in Cambodia.
However, neither Rogers nor
Richardson, satisfied the Senate
committees that there was any
real purpose in continuing a i r
assaults in an efort to preserve
a shaky regime in Phnom Penh
whose army showed no mclina-
tion to fight.
THE BASIC REASON for the
continued air attacks, as in-
dicated privately by a number
of officials, was they were the
only way in which the Nixon
r hi R
Administration could show its
military teeth' in Soitheast
Asia as part of an orchestrated
effort to get snfimi to ahide more
faithfully hy the terms of the
cease-fire in Swrith Vietnam.
The other elements of this pres-
sure campaign against Ilsnoi in-
clude the cessation of U.S. mine-
sweeping operations in Ilaiphong
and other North Vietnamese
,parts, the breaking off of Paris
discussions with Ianoi on U.S.
economic rehabilitation aid and a
resumption of American aerial
reconnaissance over the North.
IN ADDITION, the Nixon ad-
ministration apparently clings to
the hope that the Phnom Penh
government, weak and inefficient
as it may be, can be preserved
as a military entity to inject one
non-communist element into the
discussions which ultimately
must be held with the Cambodian
communists concerning future ad-
ministration of the country.
Still, foreign diplomatic observ-
ers see little prospect for any-
thing but a communist regime in
Phnom Penh sooner or later be-
cause of the very narrow base of
the Lon Nol government.
A GUN TOTING CAMI
Phnom Penh recently.
AN soldier carries tropical fruit drinks in wooden tubes while on alert near
"best damn cowgirl
singer you ever heard."
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