Memorandum by the Director of the Policy Planning Staff (Kennan)1
Attached is a Policy Planning Staff paper embodying certain points which the staff feels should be considered and clarified before we [Page 284]enter upon the forthcoming negotiations for a North Atlantic security pact.
The staff is aware that there will be adverse views in the European office on this subject; but it has not previously formally stated its position on these matters and feels that a clear and firm position should be arrived at by the Department on these points before any further negotiations are conducted with the European representatives.
- Addressed to the Secretary and Under Secretary of State.↩
- This paper was dated November 23 and identified as Policy Planning Staff paper PPS 43. The following words in an unidentified handwriting appear on the master copy of the cover page: “‘Secretary indicated orally his agreement to the second part of this paper. On the first part there was no disagreement anywhere …’ GFK”.↩
- [The footnote here omitted referred to paragraph 7 of Section II of the September 9 paper, p. 241, and quoted it in full.]↩
- Memo of the JCS of November 2, 1948, to the Secretary of Defense. NSC 35, Nov. 17, 1948. [Footnote in the source text. For text of NSC 35, “Existing International Commitments Involving the Possible Use of Armed Forces,” see volume i.]↩
- [At this point there appears, as a footnote in the original, Paragraph 9, Part II, of the September 9 paper, p. 241.]↩