8. Information Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson 1
At my request, our Hal Saunders did these two thoughtful memos on: [Page 18]
My view is: the Arabs are still confused, humiliated, looking for revenge in part of their minds. But they have no long-term plan. Therefore, we must:
- —struggle for an Arab-Israeli settlement:
- —then follow through with policies to strengthen moderate Arabs so that, with the passage of time, the attractiveness of economic and social development gradually, slowly overtakes the passion for revenge.
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Middle East, Vol. I, 6/65-3/68. Secret. A handwritten notation on the memorandum indicates that it was received at 11:55 a.m.↩
- Saunders sent a memorandum on this subject to Rostow on December 5. It was a covering memorandum for his assessment of the meaning of Nasser’s November 23 speech, and essentially summarized that memorandum. (Ibid.)↩
- Document 7.↩