342. Letter From the Ambassador in Vietnam (Lodge) to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Harriman)1
- First, as you requested, I enclose the text of the notes from which I read.
- Secondly, it has occurred to me that one possible channel would be from me to D’Orlandi, the Italian Ambassador here, from D’Orlandi to Maneli, the Polish representative on the I.C.C., and from Maneli to Pham Van Dong or Ho Chi Minh.
I have gotten to know D’Orlandi very well and believe he can be trusted. He is also an extremely precise man and well able to handle an idea in all its various refinements and shadings. This is something for you to consider. I realize you may have a better way.
With all my best wishes,
As ever yours,
- Source: Department of State, Vietnam Working Group Files: Lot 72 D 219, TIGER Basic File. Secret; Eyes Only.↩
- No record of this conversation has been found.↩
- President of the Republic of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito.↩
- Secret; Eyes Only. Reviewing his papers after retiring as Assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern Affairs, William P. Bundy described this proposal by Lodge as follows: “A bizarre aberration. Never considered or taken seriously by anyone, so far as I know.” (Department of State, Bundy Files, Chronology, 1964)↩
- See Document 170.↩
- Not found.↩
- Reference is to telegram 2324 from Paris, repeated to Saigon as telegram 55, November 13. It reported that French sources indicated that DRV Prime Minister Pham Van Dong stated that the coup in Saigon was a “step in the right direction,” and that the “U.S. would tire of the fighting and in that case DRV would show itself as supple as it is now rigid. It is still not the moment for negotiations.” (Department of State, Central Files, POL 32-4 VIET) The reference to this November 13 cable in a document dated October 30 leads to the conclusion that Lodge revised this paper after October 30 to include the Dong remarks.↩