World: Laos: Detailing the Commitment

FOR weeks, the White House publicly ignored the mounting concern and criticism over the U.S. role in Laos. Last week, amid congressional warnings that the nation might be slipping into another Viet Nam situation, the Administration decided to strip a good deal of the secrecy from its operation in Laos. At Richard Nixon's Key Biscayne hideaway, newsmen were handed a six-page, 3,000-word presidential statement that spelled out in detail for the first time the extent of America's involvement in the divided Southeast Asian country. The key points made in the statement and in a briefing by a White House official after...