Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I
commend the distinguished Senator from
New Jersey as well as the distinguished
jWlior Senator from Missouri for the
statements they have just made, and also
the distinguished senior Senator from
Missowi tor the initiative he has shown
in this respect.
I share the concern expressed by Senators
who have spoken today and who
will speak later on the continuation o!
what really arnoWlts to a broadening of
We are getting out of South Vietnam,
but it lcoks like we are getting into
Cambodia. Jt appears to me that the old
pattern is perhaps being repeated; that
the handwriting is on the wall for another
Vietnam, despite all disclaimers
to the contrary being in the offing.
I r emember being in Phnom Penh in
1969, after President Nixon recognized
the government of Prince Norodom
Sihanouk. Thrre were two people at the
embassy then. At the time of the overthrow
of Sihan 'uk, there were 11. Today
there are so·• ~' hjng in excess of 150, and
the trend is t p. The 'public press carries
stories to the eilPct that there is a 5-
year military plan in cxi.•tence for Cambodia.
I thought it ' a, ihe init:.1tion of this
Government to • .cL out of all ihe old Ind.
ochinese states, and not to get_ into
another one on the scale in whi<;:h we are
already in Cambodia, because Cambodia
has now been opened by the Defense Department
for military operations, certainly
from the air. I would assume that
the Cooper-Church intention is being
overridden; that the intention of the
Symington proposal is being ignored; and
it appears to me that the only ·way in
which this Congress-this Senabe, at
least--can avoid loopholes and angles is
to face up to the ultimate weapon in our
inventory, and that is to cut off fWlds.
It is going to be hard. It is going to take
a lot of determination, but we have tried
everything we can to confine this war,
to limit it. to get us out, and it seems
we are thwll.rted at every tum. So, as far
as the Senator from M.ontana is concerned,
he has made up his mind. He has
no intention to vote for funds in the grab
bag known as the foreign aid authorization
bill, nor will he vote for appropriations.
The intention of Congress has been
overridden too many times and too consistently
and it is about time to stand up
and be counted. I am sorry I am so late,
but there is an old saying, "Better later
I commend the distinguished Senator
from New Jersey on his remarks today.
Octol:>er 1.'J, 1971
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 47, Folder 70, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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