751G.00/6–1254: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the United States Delegation 1

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Tedul 197. Re Dulte 174.2 Department is giving this thorough consideration with Defense. My personal opinion is that we should try to carry situation along with avoidance of either formal refusal now train Vietnamese and also without anything like a massive commitment of some two to three thousand MAAG personnel which under present conditions could not but carry strong political overtones and might raise Congressional complications.

With reference to your last paragraph suggestion on “expedite conclusion of final agreement with French” this is quite impossible so long as French have not made up their mind whether or not they want to internationalize war and now are further from internationalizing it than ever before. They want, and in effect have, an option on our intervention but they do not want to exercise it and the date of expiry of our option is fast running out.

  1. Drafted by the Secretary of State.
  2. Dated June 12, p. 1126.