Aptil 30, 197:1 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD -SENATE
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I associate
myself with the remarks just
made by the distinguished Senator from
Oregon (Mr. HATFIELD).
We are engaged anew in a civil war.
We are, In effect, asking for, if not actually
seeking, a reinvolvement in Cambodia
based on the expanded bombing
for which $500 million recently has ~een
requested by the Department of Defense.
To further implement what Is going on
in Cambodia we have brought about a
cessation of the minesweeping operations
at Haiphong Harbor. The result, of
course, Is that we are not as close to
peace In Indochina as we thought we
There are no constitutional grounds
for our Involvement in Cambodia. The
problem there Is diplomatic, not political.
As far as bombers, river convoys, and
the like are concerned, it only intensifies
our involvement in a situation in an
area in which we have no business. If
it continues, the possib!lities of a break
of the fragile peace in Vietnam will become
more and more apparent.
It is unfortunate that this country
ever became immersed In Indochina. We
never had any l)usiness in any of the
three countries of that region in the first
place; and we have none today.
The contmued bombing of Cambodia
casts doubt an our achievements by way
of negotiations in Vietnam, and unfortunately
It appears we are digging in
deeper and deeper all the time. The only
solution I can see Is that the only symbol
of Cambodia's nationalism who could
be called upon to bring about a unification
of that sad nation is Prince
Norodom Slhanouk. I would state that
if he were to return to Cambodia--and he
will again shortly, I understand~he will
be the symbol around which all Cambodians
will rally. Through him, there
will be the possibility of once again creating
a united, neutral Cambodia.
Again, I commend the distinguished
Senator from Ore&"on.
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 48, Folder 76, Mansfield Libary, University of Montana
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