254. Editorial Note

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on December 27, 1965, President Johnson called Secretary Rusk from Texas and advised him that he had decided to defer resumption of the bombing of North Vietnam for several more days, possibly into the middle of the week beginning January 2, 1966. At 10:55 p.m. on December 27, Rusk called the Department of State Operations Center and asked that Vance, U. Alexis Johnson,[Page 717] Thompson, and McGeorge and William Bundy be asked to assemble at the Operations Center immediately. (Chronology of Second Pause in US/GVN Bombing Program against North Vietnam; Johnson Library, Papers of Paul C. Warnke, McNaughton Files, V, Planning Pressures)

According to Cooper (The Lost Crusade, page 291), the men assembled at the Operations Center and dispatched instructions to Saigon; see Document 255.