October 12

This Day in History

Vietnam War

Oct 12, 1967:

Dean Rusk criticizes Congress while fighting continues in South Vietnam

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.

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