835.796/1–846: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Argentina ( Cabot )

us urgent

100. Urtel 80, Jan. 8.12 LADE,13 though engaged in commercial operations, is army-owned and operated. Any US equipment made available to it at this time, aside from strengthening striking potential of army, which admittedly may be strengthened from other sources, will be capitalized by Peronistas as best possible evidence our pusillanimous policy.

It is evident that Air Secretary14 is playing US against British.…

Ranking United Aircraft officials have discussed situation thoroughly with Dept and are sympathetic Dept viewpoint.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Líneas Aéreas del Estado, an Argentine airline.
  3. Brig. Gen. Bartolome de la Colina.