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Some experts feel the current escalated fighting in Vietnam
may doom Nixon's plan to Vietnamize the war. Perish the
thought. It s only a temporary setback.
Nixon's plan, as you know, is to withdraw our ground
forces and let the Vietnamese go on killing each other - with
only our bullets and bombs and napalm and planes to help
The plan was going extremely well. Thanks to stepping up
our bombing attacks to the highest level of the war, we were
killing upward of 1,000 Vietnamese a week, while losing onlj
a half dozen GIs, plus a pilot now and then.
This was well within acceptable limits. For, after all, few
Americans care how many bullets, bombs, napalm and planes
we expend. What they care about is how many friends and
relatives get sent over there to be killed.
So no one was talking much about the war any more. And
Nixon was predicting confidently that it wouldn't even be an
issue come November.
Then the North Vietnamese attacked. We had to rush
carriers and B-S2's and troops into the battle. Our casualties
have soared. Suddenly, the war's an issue again. It looks bad
Fortunately, however, the solution is at hand: Project
The project is the brainchild of Gen. Homer T. Pettibone
(retired), director of the U.S. Bureau of Acceptable Casualties.
The heart of the Project is the Fully Automated Bombing
System, known as FAB.
Actually, work on FAB has been underway in Vietnam for
the past three years. It began with the scattering by aircraft of
small, delicate sensors capable of picking up and transmitting
the noise and vibration of trucks and transport along the Ho
Chi Minn Trail.
, These have now been refined to detect the heat or
movement of two or more human bodies, one water buffalo or
half an elephant.
By homing in on these devices, our pilots have been able to
blow up trucks, transports, human bodies, water buffalo and
elephants even on the foggiest of moonless nights.
The second advance, now being perfected, is the automated
take off, aerial maneuvering and landing of our bombers
without a human hand at the controls a feat long within the
range of our technology.
All that remains, says Gen. Pettibone, is to tie in the giant
computers now being installed. They will digest the
information from the sensors, select the targets, launch the
pilotless planes and release the rockets, napalm or bombs at
precisely the correct instant - all by remote control.
"Project Dehumanization," says Gen. Pettibone proudly,
"will completely eliminate the human factor."
Its prim jdvantage, of course, is that it will allow Nixon to
withdraw a"eU.S. troops and pilots as well. Our casualties will
be cut to iro. Target date for the project is, hopefully, the
' California June Primary or, at the latest, the opening of the
Presidential campaign in September.
Asked about the Vietnamese, Gen Pettibone said that by
eliminating our human error through Project Dehumanization,
their casualties should be tripled.
"But actually," he said, "our bureau feels anything over
2,000 casualties a week would be acceptable."
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