210. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy) to President Johnson1
The attached memorandum to me from Bill Brubeck gives the up-to-date situation in the Congo as we now see it.2
What is very unclear is how deep the Chinese hand is in the rebel efforts. Harriman thinks it is pretty deep; most of the intelligence community thinks it is more marginal.
Brubeck raises hard questions at the end of his memorandum, and I think that the dominant judgment at the moment is that we ought not go beyond the steps currently in train, and that particularly we should not now plan on sending a Special Forces of U.S. forces—that could not only come if a lot of other people were willing to act, which is not currently the case. The CINC Strike C–130 force is another matter because of its relation to a possible need for evacuation of Americans.