Interview with Paul N. McCloskey, 1981
Former Republican politician from California, Paul (Pete) McCloskey, talks about the 1973 vote that ended US involvement in the Vietnam War. McCloskey believes that it was the gradual increase in the number of certain Congressmen, who had been elected on the platform of opposing excessive presidential power, that changed the course of American policy in Vietnam. He also recalls that when he was elected in 1967, his constituency was still in favor of the war, but that in 1969, after the Tet Offensive, public opinion began to turn. McCloskey also relates how, during the signing of the Paris Peace Agreement, Kissinger wanted to make sure that a decent interval would elapse before Saigon fell, in order for it to appear the US had lived up to its obligation.
The War Powers Act
This is a head of Snd. Roll 1 to go with the head of Camera Roll 1 for WGBH Vietnam Project, TVP013, Final Days. At the head of this roll are several seconds of reference tone recorded at minus ADB a thousand hertz on a Nagra three and we’re using an internal crystal operating at 60 hertz to go with a camera speed of 24 frames per second. Again this is the head of Snd. Roll 1 to go with the head of Camera Roll 1. Coming us is an interview with Congressman Paul N. McCloskey from California.
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Shift in public and Congressional attitudes towards the Vietnam War
Continued support for the war
The 1975 Congressional Delegation to Vietnam
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The impossibility of South Vietnam winning the war
Failure of American negotiations with North Vietnam in 1975
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Watergate and the end of aerial bombing in North Vietnam
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