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Comments on Secretary McNamara's trip report
Date of Creation:
October 15, 1966
Date of Declassification:
June 13, 1977
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Pagination, Illustration:
5 p.
Comments on Secretary McNamara's Trip Report [CIA endorses McNamara's evaluation of the situation and his assessment of what needs to be done; however, CIA does not agree with some of the actions recommended, particularly the proposal to press for negotiations, and also does not agree with his gloomy prognosis. CIA feels that, with the pacification program, the US has found the right means to engage the people in effective action; the US can either try to keep the Communists militarily at bay and build up a South Vietnamese political structure, or the US can adopt a course of action that has a genuine chance of getting Hanoi to negotiate in the near future; a US force level of 470,000 will be sufficient only if the increases are in maneuver battalions, not support elements; an anti-infiltration barrier must be extended into Laos; the level of ROLLING THUNDER sorties should be stabilized, although extending the bombings to Haiphong port and rail lines could be very effective; rural pacification should be pursued vigorously and its management improved; the US should not actively press for negotiations until pacification progress is made. CIA agrees that there is little hope for a satisfactory conclusion of the war within the next two years and disagrees that "the odds are less than even" for enlivening the pacification program]. Memorandum, TS 188868/66, George A. Carver, Jr., Spec. Asst. for Vietnamese Affairs, to the Dir. of Central Intelligence. Oct. 15, 1966. 5 p. TOP SECRET. Declassified June 13, 1977.
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