220. Memorandum From the Presidentʼs Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson1
This cable from Gen. Westmoreland spells out his concept of where heʼs come from since 1 May 1965 and where he proposes to go from 1 November 1966 forward—towards pacification, without reducing the heat on the VC and NVN main force units.
It underlines the need to mount a maximum political campaign, overt and covert, designed to defect VC and start Saigon VC negotiations as soon after the Sept. 11 election as possible.
That is the political track required to match Westmorelandʼs military plan which is, clearly, in the right direction; although he and Lodge must engage Ky and the ARVN fully if it is to work.