190. Memorandum From the Deputy Director for Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency (Cline) to the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy)1
Washington, March 8, 1965.
- Herewith my own capsule appreciation of the unfolding of the scenario in Vietnam so far. It is in accord with the views of most of my Southeast Asia experts but is far too clear-cut a statement to be coordinated easily as an official intelligence community view.
- For your noting, not necessarily for reading, are two of my earlier memos2 on the situation in Vietnam and what to do about it. You will see I am at least consistent. My only fear now is that we may have waited too long to reduce the pressure on the political and internal security fabric in South Vietnam. It is pretty threadbare, as you know. If it holds, then I believe the course we are on will pay dividends as time goes on.
Ray S. Cline