233. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rusk to President Johnson1
The enclosed is our suggestion of a paragraph which you could give as an oral message tomorrow. For the convenience of the Chairman, you could actually give him a copy. But since his message to you was oral, it might be better that the enclosed be oral, at least in form.
In addition to the enclosed, we believe you should say the following to the Chairman:
“Mr. Chairman, you and I have a very special responsibility on matters involving peace. It is of the greatest importance that you and I not misunderstand each other and that no problems of good faith arise between us. Therefore, I want you personally to know that we are prepared to stop the bombing as a step toward peace. We are not prepared to stop the bombing merely to remove one-half of the war while the other half of the war proceeds without limit. I am accepting very large risks in giving you the message for transmittal to Hanoi which I have just given you. I want you to know that if talks do not lead to peace or if protracted talks are used to achieve one-sided military advantage against us, we shall have to resume full freedom of action. I say this to you and not to Hanoi because I think it is of great importance that you and I fully understand each other. I do not ask you to agree; I am merely asking you to understand what is in my mind.”
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Addendum, USSR, Glassboro Memcons. Top Secret. The President read the text of the messages in the memorandum and the attachment to Kosygin at their 3:20 p.m. meeting on June 25. See Document 235.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩
- Top Secret.↩