By William Conrad Gibbons
This looking research of what has been known as America's longest conflict" used to be commissioned through the Senate Committee on overseas kin to accomplish a far better knowing of yankee participation within the clash. half II covers the interval from Kennedy's inauguration via Johnson's first 12 months in office.
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Relations with the Soviet Union: Does this whole approach fully recognize that the decisive dialogue here is with Khrushchev? Are we not coming to a time when something should be said directly to him? In this area where all the local advantages are against us, one clear asset is that Khrushchev wants serious talks with you, there must be a real cooling-off in Laos. Should we not move in ways which make it as easy as possible for him to face down the CHICOMS [Chinese Communists] on this point, while empha sizing quietly the depth of our commitment?
79Rostow, The Diffusion o f Power, p. 268. The notes on that meeting are still classified. At tending the meeting were, from the Senate, Democrats Richard B. Russell (Ga), Fulbright, and Hubert H. ) and Bourke B. ) and Thomas E. ), and Republicans Charles A. ), Leslie C. ) and Robert B. ). 80Stevenson, The End o f Nowhere, p. 152, based on Stevenson’s interview with Admiral Burke. 8lU. , 1984), p. 324. S. should send troops to Laos. Conditions there, including the terrain and the peaceful nature of the people, were factors against such a move, he said.
You may wish some documentary support for your contention that President Kennedy deliberately put Laos on the back burner so that he could pursue the confrontation more advantageously in Vietnam. There will be those who will accuse you o f hindsight in this regard. To silence them, I would refer you to an article which appeared in the New York Times Sunday magazine some time in the late summer o f 1962 over the signature o f Averell Harriman. This article made pre cisely the point which you are contending; namely, that the President did not intend to handle the situation in the same manner as in Laos.