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795B.5/11–3050: Telegram

The United States Representative at the United Nations (Austin) to the Secretary of State

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912. Re: Urgent need for special MacArthur reports. Confirming telecon Wainhouse with Sandifer, UNA, this noon, I feel that there is building up among various delegations lack of confidence in US. Basis of this feeling appears to be an impression that UN commander in field is not sufficiently responsive to direction from Unified Command (U.S. Government). Lack of timely official reports from UC in this present military crisis seems to feed into this feeling of lack of confidence.

I urge in strongest terms the need for a UC factual report on current military situation and developments in Korea for submission to UN Saturday1 noon at latest. I feel that such report would strengthen our hand in gaining support for US objectives in UN, and more particularly for the projected program Department has in mind in GA. During this period of critical military and political developments, I further believe it important to provide such factual reports to UN every 48 hours.

Austin
  1. December 2.