367. Editorial Note

During the 394th Meeting of the National Security Council, January 22, 1959, Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles briefed the Council on events in Yemen as part of his “Significant World Developments Affecting U.S. Security.” According to the memorandum of discussion, Dulles’ account reads:

“Turning to the situation in Yemen, Mr. Allen Dulles said that it was extremely hard to judge what was going on in that country for the simple reason that the Yemeni leaders always take to their beds when faced with a difficult situation. The Imam is almost always in bed. Plotting [Page 808] is constantly going on against the Imam’s son, Crown Prince Badr. [1-1/2 lines of source text not declassified] It is difficult to know whether these plots will be successfully carried out. [2-1/2 lines of source text not declassified].” (Memorandum of discussion by Gleason, January 22; Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records)