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Title: Rolling Thunder—Objectives

Voice: At the start of the Vietnam conflict, the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended a hard-hitting, 16-day strategic bombing and interdiction campaign against 94 strategic targets considered critical to North Vietnam—s ability to wage war. This program was rejected by President Johnson and Defense Secretary McNamara in favor of ROLLING THUNDER—a graduated bombing campaign of North Vietnam that embodied both political and military objectives. The objectives of the ROLLING THUNDER campaign are shown here.

Action: Screen begins with a picture of an F-100 low center screen. The first of the following bullets is shown high center, above the picture of the F-100. The rest of the bullets are shown in support of the narration.:

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