600. Memorandum from Gordon Chase to McGeorge Bundy, January 211

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  • Cuban Co-Ordinating Committee—Some Draft Papers

Enclosed are three papers (policy, OAS actions and outline of Cuban problems) which I received yesterday. These papers, along with [Typeset Page 1575] a paper on the Brigade, are for the EXCOMM Thursday. In sending them over, Bob Hurwitch emphasized the fact that they were still in draft, that they have not been cleared in the Department and that work still had to be done on them. The final versions of all four papers will be sent to you on Tuesday afternoon.

The policy paper is the most interesting one and I might make the following observations at this time: First, Secretary Vance has evidently won his point; the paper contains two possible courses of action. However, Bob Hurwitch tells me that Mr. Vance is not entirely happy. Evidently some people in DOD would like a couple more weeks to develop, in detail, overt and covert annexes for Course No. 1. Mr. Cottrell has decided against such a delay—see page 4. Second, Bob Hurwitch tells me that Secretary Vance has still not decided which of the two alternatives he likes best. He will undoubtedly do so at the meeting (which I plan to attend) on Monday afternoon.

Gordon Chase
  1. Transmits three draft papers of the Cuban Coordinating Committee for use by the Executive Committee. Secret. 1 p. Kennedy Library, NSF, Countries Series, Cuba, General, Vol. VII (B), 1/63.