Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 4 VvVvV Third Section More sorrow Alberta, Wednesday, February 10, 1971 l over Indochina war things are or not going the Paris talks, the new stance offers a compromise that apparently appeals to the administration. Finding it impossible to go for a military victory, and refusing to be the first president to turn and run, the new broader but lower war profile offers Nixon the opportunity to at least walk out of the war backwards. Stron By ROD CURRIE WASHINGTON (CP) Incredible as it mav seem, the expansion of the "Indochina fight-irg to a third front-possibly the riskiest military operation of the has been greeted more in sorrow than in anger by congressional doves and other war critics. Possibly the six-day, U.S.-or-dered news blackout on manoeuvres, followed by the weekend flurry of activity has left them confused and wary. Or, as the cynics would have it tlrey're waiting to see which way it goes in the next few days or even weeks before declaring themselves. Whatever the reason, strongly expressed opinion on the and by Nixon opmioi been uncommonly scarce and muted. Certainly the fantastic drop in American casualties and the Nixon-ordered r e d u c t i o n in troops to an anticipated by next spring from the high of has deprived political critics of the support of an angry and restive public. By comparison with the heat generated when Nixon moved the U.S. into Cambodia last spring, the new South Vietnamese adveature in with Americans flying has passed with remarkable calm so far. WAIT FOR RESULT What is causing this unusual reticence among critics, some observers suggest, is that no one knows what might be the end whether the uncom wili get out of the war through expanding it or just get in deeper. To military leaders the invasion to knock out the North Vietnamese supply lines to the South is the culmination of an old a sort of "last hurrah" in which the Americans in their last big operation before the bulk of their numbers return home give the South Vietnamese the needed push toward sustaining themselves when left alone. If it works out that way, there won't be much the war critics can say since the U.S. has said in advance it will give only air cover for the operation, will not get involved in land fighting and indeed will not even go to the rescue if ths South Vietnamese get in serious sc Thus, on the surface, it would seem the Nixon administration has hedged its bets pretty well. If it come; off, no one will plain too much that he pretty brazenly hoodwinked Congress in skirting at least the intention of strictures it had laid down after the Cambodian affair. He is limiting U.S. involvement to ail- power, as Congress ordered. "But, like the Cambodian writes Terence Smith in the New Ycrk Times, "the new campaign has raised fears that the Nixon administration is falling into tie same trap that ensnsrled its predecessor: the still fashionable in the that the key to ending the war is to widen it." Still, with a negotiated peace obviously impossible the PRESIDENT JOHANNESBURG (AP) Writer Alan Paton become honorary president of the anti-government National Union of South African Students for the third straight year, a post he filled after the death of Nobel Prize winner Albert Luthuli in 1968. THE YOUNG AND OLD Mrs. Edgar Mitchell, wife of the Apollo 14 lunar module pilot and her mother, Mrs. Winslow Randall, of Pittsburgh watch ,n top photo SThTe spacemen splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Tuesday afternoon after the.r successful trip to the moon, in the lower photo, Mrs. Stuart Roosa, w.fe of the command module pilot, and their 10-year-old son, John, watch -the telecast of the return to earth. ________________________. million lost in revenue An expensive strike LONDON (CP) Hopes of a settlement in the British postal strike, three weeks old tonight, seem to be riding on a court of inquiry's report, due soon, con- cerning the pay claims of the country's electricity workers. The strike already has cost the post office million million) in lost revenue, al- though part of this has been made up throug.i increased rev- enue from telephone calls. 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