The Congo: Tiptoe to the Rescue

A trifle clumsily, the U.S. last week tried to tiptoe to the rescue of the Congo government. Alarmed at the mounting conquests of leftist-backed warriors and unable to interest friendly African or European countries in helping Premier Moise Tshombe's beleaguered government, Washington decided to "strengthen" its military and economic aid.

Off to Leopoldville last week winged four C-130 Hercules transports, which the State Department said would be used to airlift Tshombe's troops and supplies to rebel-threatened areas. Aboard the big planes were 44 hand-picked U.S. paratroopers—equipped with Jeeps, bazookas, grenade launchers...

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