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 That "14-Point" Plan: What Is Washington Trying to Sell?

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That "14-Point" Plan: What Is Washington Trying to Sell?

Source: Peking Review, No. 3, January 14, 1966
Transcribed by www.wengewang.org

    A COVEY of top-drawer American officials recently fanned out in missions to many capitals of the world to peddle the Johnson Administration's so-called 14-point plan for the "peaceful" settlement of the Vietnam question. The plan was announced with great fanfare. It was first made public by the official U.S. propaganda agency, the United States Information Service on December 27. It was repeated on January 3 by the White House in a document entitled "The Heart of the Matter in Vietnam."
   But what exactly do these 14 points add up to? The Johnson Administration claims that they are the "U.S. contributions to the basket of peace." However, they are in fact nothing but a new exhibition of U.S. imperialism's gangster logic. Instead of admitting that U.S. imperialism itself is the aggressor, the U.S.I.S. report and the White House paper vilify the Democratic Republic of Vietnam as the "aggressor" and demand that "Hanoi end aggression to the south." Not only do they fail to indicate any U.S. desire to cease aggression and withdraw all its troops from south Vietnam but they make it clear that the United States will continue to occupy the south and intimidate the north. The White House paper also stresses the so-called U.S. "commitment to the security of south Vietnam," asserting that "at stake is not just south Vietnam, nor even Southeast Asia; there is also at stake the integrity of a U.S. commitment and the importance of that commitment to peace right around the globe." These words thoroughly reveal the hypocrisy of the Johnson Administration's statement that "we have put everything into the basket of peace." The face of the U.S. gangsters is thus exposed in all its cunning.
   Be it 14 points, or 1,400, this plan is a worthless and monumental piece of humbug if the most essential point is missing, that is, U.S. imperialism must admit that it is the aggressor in Vietnam and must withdraw all its armed forces from south Vietnam.
   The plan as released by the U.S.I.S. reads as follows:
   1. It [the United States] has said the Geneva accords of 1954 and 1962 would provide an adequate basis for peace in Southeast Asia.
   2. It has said it would welcome a conference on Southeast Asia as a whole, or on any part of it. .
   3. It has said it would engage in negotiations with no pre-conditions whatsoever.
   4. It has said it would engage in unconditional discussions outside the framework of a formal conference.
   5. It has said that a cessation of hostilities would be a suitable first order of business in any negotiations or discussions. [On this point, the version of the White House paper reads: "A cessation of hostilities could be the first order of business at a conference or could be the subject of preliminary discussions." — Ed.]
   6. It has said Hanoi's four points could be discussed.
   7. It has made it clear it wants no bases in Southeast Asia.
   8. It has said it wants no continuing U.S. military presence in south Vietnam.
   9. It has expressed its support for free elections in Vietnam.

   10. It has agreed that reunification should be arranged through free discussion among the peoples concerned.
   11. It has agreed that the nations of Southeast Asia should be neutral if that is their option.
   12. It has said it much prefers to use its resources for economic and social construction in Southeast Asia and that if there were peace, north Vietnam could take part in that regional effort.
   13. It has said (President Johnson in his press conference, last July) that the Viet Cong would have no trouble having its views heard if Hanoi ended aggression to the south.
   14. It has said it could stop bombing the north if it could get an indication of what such a cessation would bring about. [On this point, the version of the White House paper reads: "We have said publicly and privately that we could stop the bombing of north Vietnam as a step toward peace although there has not been the slightest hint or suggestion from the other side as to what they would do if the bombing stopped." — Ed.]
  
  
  

 
 
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