Memorandum by Colonel Charles H. Bonesteel, III, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, to the Under Secretary of State (Webb)
Subject: Organization for the Mutual Security Program
Attached is a rather drastic memorandum which the “Executive Group” is submitting to you. I should tell you that it represents a good deal of soul searching and is in no way motivated by “Departmental” attitudes on the part of any of the three of us.
We sincerely believe that when the Mutual Security Program1 is presented to Congress as a global, new, and positive approach to the heightened tensions in the world, it must be accompanied by something more than a patchwork organizational structure. The organizational issues to be met are very plain. We believe that the time has come to “grasp the nettles” and that not to do so will greatly increase the difficulties in securing passage of the Program.
We had in mind that, if you agree to this memorandum as a basis for discussion, it should be given Messrs. Foster, Lovett, Harriman, and Lawton, and that they should then meet with you, within the next few days, to agree on concerted recommendations to the President.2
This matter is urgent. The stir being created in the press and on the Hill by the President’s letter of April 53 is exacerbating the situation.
Could we see you on this matter at your earliest convenience—preferably before 4 p. m. today, when we must meet with the White House offices4 to review draft of the President’s Message, which includes statements on organization.
- Regarding President Truman’s message of May 24 proposing foreign aid in the form of a “Mutual Security Program,” see editorial note, p. 317.↩
- No record of the proposed meeting has been found in Department of State files.↩
- For text, see circular airgram, April 12, p. 290.↩
- No records of the meetings under reference have been found in Department of State files.↩
- For documentation on Report to the President on
Foreign Economic Policies, by Gordon Gray, November 10,
Foreign Relations, 1950, vol. i, pp. 831 ff.↩
- The Administration of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Operations, a report prepared for the Bureau of the Budget by the Brookings Institution, was submitted in June 1951.↩
- Henry G. Bennett, Director of the Technical Cooperation Administration. The TCA, under the general direction of the Secretary of State, administered the technical cooperation program (Point Four) authorized by the Act for International Development (Title IV of the Foreign Economic Assistance Act of 1950, Public Law 535, 81st Cong.).↩
- For documentation on U.S. policy regarding the procurement of strategic materials, see pp. 1 ff.↩