52. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson1

Mr. President:

[4 paragraphs (8 lines of source text) not declassified]

As Tommy Thompson points out in the third attachment,2 “the key question is which of the two aspects of the Soviet public statement they are emphasizing in private.” If private counsel from Moscow remains moderate, there is scope for diplomacy here.

  1. Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Middle East Crisis, Vol. I. Top Secret; [codeword not declassified]. A handwritten “L” on the memorandum indicates the President saw it.
  2. Not printed.