31. Editorial Note

A meeting to discuss differing views on the best way to proceed with the paramilitary operation against Cuba was convened at the White House on February 18, 1961. According to summary notes of the meeting, CIA Deputy Director for Plans Richard Bissell outlined the status of planning and preparation, following which the group discussed how to generate support for the operation and other matters. Ambassador Bohlen expressed the view that the USSR would not react if the operation were finished quickly but might react if it dragged on. For text of the notes, see Foreign Relations, 1961-1963, volume X, page 108.