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EXTERIOR WHITE HOUSE AT DUSK, WASHINGTON DC. 1972
CU PRESIDENTIAL SEAL
RICHARD NIXON ADDRESSES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ON THE VIETNAM WAR. APRIL, 1972, COMMUNIST FORCES INVADE SOUTH VIETNAM MILITARY SITUATION IN VIETNAM.
DECISIONS HE HAS MADE IN REGARD TO THE ROLE THE UNITED STATES WILL PLAY IN THE "CONFLICT" VIETNAM WAR. EFFORTS WE ARE MAKING TO TO BRING PEACE TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. READS PREPARED SPEECH. VIETNAM ERA SPEECH
HOLDS UP REPORT IN A RED COVER (INTERESTING CHOICE OF COLOR) HE RECEIVED FROM GENERAL ABRAMS. READS ABRAMS EVALUATION OF THE SITUATION IN VIETNAM. AMERICAN MILITARY POV OF VIETNAM WAR
NIXON ANNOUNCES DECISIONS MADE BY THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT IN REGARDS TO VIETNAM WAR. COMMITTED TO HIS POLICY OF "VIETNAMIZING" THE WAR, WITHDRAWING FORCES. 20,000 MORE AMERICANS WILL BE BROUGHT HOME FROM VIETNAM. HAS DIRECTED AMBASSADOR PORTER TO RETURN TO THE NEGOTIATING TABLE IN PARIS. "WE ARE NOT RESUMING THE PARIS TALKS SIMPLY IN ORDER TO HEAR MORE EMPTY PROPAGANDA AND BOMBAST FROM THE NORTH VIETNAMESE AND VIETCONG DELEGATES". "...TO PREVENT THE IMPOSITION OF A COMMUNIST REGIME ON THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH VIETNAM AGAINST THEIR WILL WITH THE INEVITABLE BLOOD BATH THAT WOULD FOLLOW FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO HAVE DARED OPPOSE COMMUNIST AGGRESSION"
NIXON PLAYS THE COMMUNISM AGGRESSION THREAT CARD IN HIS SPEECH TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. ...:IF THE COMMUNISTS WIN IN VIETNAM THE RISK OF WAR IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD WOULD BE ENORMOUSLY INCREASED BUT IF ON THE OTHER HAND COMMUNIST AGGRESSION FAILS IN VIETNAM, IT WILL BE DISCOURAGED ELSEWHERE AND THE CHANCE FOR PEACE WILL BE INCREASED ..."
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