Mr. George F. Kennan of the Policy Planning Staff to the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary of State
At the suggestion of Mr. Armour, the Policy Planning Staff has looked into the question of our current policy toward Spain. I attach a Staff paper on the subject.
You will note that the paper brings out the following points:
- While the Staff does not feel that it should make suggestions concerning current operations, nevertheless it has serious doubts as to [Page 1092] the results to be expected from the Department’s efforts to eliminate the Franco regime by bringing international pressures to bear.
- The Staff believes that in the National interest the time has come for a modification of our policy toward Spain with a view to early normalization of U.S.-Spanish relations, both political and economic.
- This will involve some modification in the instructions under which our U.N. delegation is now operating.
I recommend that if you approve this paper, it be transmitted, in confidence, to Mr. Armour for his guidance.1
- The memorandum, which had been initialled “L[ovett]” by the Under Secretary, and the annex were returned by the Secretary to Mr. Kennan with the notation: “Approved as indicated G C Marshall.” A filing notation on the copy retained by the Policy Planning Staff indicated that the paper was approved by the Secretary of State on October 24 (Lot 62D1, Box 2529).↩
- Marginal note referring to this paragraph and the next two, in Marshall’s handwriting: “OK GCM.”↩
- In the margin Marshall wrote “Yes” with reference to the words “is a relaxation”.↩
- In the margin Marshall wrote “I agree GCM” with reference to the words “should not be done”.↩
- In the margin Marshall wrote “I agree GCM” with reference to the words “should support such a resolution”.↩