202. Editorial Note

At the 392d meeting of the National Security Council, December 23, Allen Dulles touched upon Laos in his briefing, “Significant World Developments Affecting U.S. Security.” His remarks read as follows:

“Mr. Dulles noted that in Laos drastic changes in the government will be required if the Pathet Lao element is to be restrained. A showdown with Communist elements might be in the offing in this country. The President inquired about Communism in the Laotian Army. Mr. Dulles thought the top leadership of the Army was anti-Communist.” (Memorandum of discussion by Boggs; Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records)