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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

October 11, 1960: Soviets Building Rockets Like 'Sausages,' Call for Truman Apology, Nixon Says JFK Policy Invites War, Japanese Leader Killed

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev warned today that factories in his country was turning out rockets, which could be used against the U.S., "like sausages." His angry comments came at the United Nations as the General Assembly rejected a Soviet proposal to take up its disarmament proposal. The vote had brought the world closer to war, he said. Khrushchev is scheduled to end his extended stay in New York on October 13.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Sen Thruston Morton, today called on Sen. John F. Kennedy to repudiate former president Harry Truman's recent criticism of Vice President Richard Nixon. "If you vote for Nixon, you ought to go to hell," Truman said. "I call on you, as the Democratic candidate for president, to disown Truman's attack, and to apologize to the American people for the use of this gutter language in your campaign."

Sen. Kennedy's policy regarding the islands off Taiwan that are in dispute with Communist China will take the country "to war and surrender -- or both," Vice President Richard Nixon said today. Sen. Kennedy said the islands were "indefensible." Campaigning in Albuquerque Nixon said he would not surrender "one inch of free territory." Kennedy "apparently has concluded that giving up on Quemoy and Matsu is the price of peace" but this would be "an invitation to another Korea." The senator's policy raised the "shocking" question of whether Kennedy would defend West Berlin. "We must never adopt the doctrone that the only test of where America will stand for freedom is whether we believe an area is easily defensible." Nixon compared Kennedy's statement to Secretary of State Dean Acheson's before the Korean war when he said Korea was outside the US defensive perimeter, inviting attack. Nixon said, "The record is clear that both President Truman and Secretary Acheson were compelled by the clear and present threat ... to go to war [in Korea] to meet the attack they had mistakenly invited."

Campaigning by train through the South, Sen. Lyndon Johnson accused Nixon of conducting smear campaigns and connected him with labor leader James Hoffa.

The leader of the Socialist Party in Japan, Inejiro Asanuma, was stabbed to death at a political rally in Tokyo today. He had led protests last summer that led President Eisenhower to cancel his planned visit to Japan.

Senator Thomas J. Dodd (D-Conn.), the lone member of the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, today called on Dr. Kinus Pauling to name the scientists who helped him circulate a petition calling for a ban on nuclear weapons. Pauling refused and Dodd threatened to hold him in contempt.

The U.S. has asked West Germany and the Netherlands not to release any information about a new centrifuge technique that can be used to make atomic weapons more inexpensively. Sen. Albert A. Gore (D-Tenn.) said, "it is possible, if not probably that within the tenure of the next president of the United Sates, the capability of producing nuclear weapons will be within the reach of as many as 20 or more nations," using the new technique.


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