By Lou Drendel
... and kill MIGs КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: Squadron/Signal publicationsСерия: Squadron 6002Автор(ы): Lou DrendelЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 1974Количество страниц: 65Формат: pdfРазмер: 34.4 mb Rapid0
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Since such a statement would add fuel to the Communist propaganda campaign and likely stimulate journalists to revisit the issue, he urged the President to have Westmoreland conduct the operation within the next few days. McNamara, however, insisted the specific operation had to be selected for purely tactical reasons despite the potential political implications. If Washington forced Westmoreland to use tear gas in a timely but inappropriate situation, it could backfire and once again open the Administration up to intense public and political criticism.
As you know, Ambassador Goldberg has had reservations about this recommendation, and in deference to his wishes, the recommendation has been held up until after his initial speech. . we all think it is time to go ahead. . Operation Stomp 39 that tear gas (and tear gas only) is authorized in cases where it is more humane, and especially with respect to civilians. There will be some international criticism, but even the New York Times is resoundingly with us on this. . Can we go ahead? 18 Late in September, MACV told the press in Saigon that the Pentagon had reviewed the policy on using riot-control agents and it was now unambiguous; tear-gas munitions could be used in situations when they would be more humane than other available options.
Secretary Rusk concurs in this recommendation. If you approve, the Department of State will send a message to all posts informing them of the decision and providing public affairs guidance. Taking special note of the change in attitude toward the humane aspects of employing the agents, he continued: I agree with General Westmoreland that the use of these riot control agents far outweighs disadvantages that may accrue; in fact there is every indication that we may be in for censure if civilian casualties should accrue because we didn’t use tear gas.