October 12, 1967 : Dean Rusk criticizes Congress while fighting continues in South Vietnam

Introduction

At a news conference, Secretary of State Dean Rusk makes controversial comments in which he says that congressional proposals for peace initiatives—a bombing halt or limitation, United Nations action, or a new Geneva conference—were futile because of Hanoi’s opposition.

Without the pressure of the bombing, he asked, “Where would be the incentive for peace?” He added that the Vietnam War was a test of Asia’s ability to withstand the threat of “a billion Chinese…armed with nuclear weapons.” Critics claimed that he had invoked the familiar “yellow peril” of Chinese power.

Article Details:

October 12, 1967 : Dean Rusk criticizes Congress while fighting continues in South Vietnam

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    History.com Staff

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    October 12, 1967 : Dean Rusk criticizes Congress while fighting continues in South Vietnam

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  • Access Date

    October 23, 2017

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