The United States and Suharto: April 1966–December 1968


206. Memorandum From Donald W. Ropa of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow)

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VI, 11/65–5/66. Secret.


207. Memorandum From James C. Thomson, Jr., of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow)

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VI, 11/65–5/66. Secret.


209. Telegram From the Embassy in Indonesia to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, POL INDON–US. Secret. Repeated to Bangkok, Canberra, CINCPAC for POLAD, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manila, Saigon, Singapore, and DOD.


210. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, 5/66–6/67, [1 of 2]. Secret. The memorandum indicates the President saw it.


211. Memorandum Prepared for the 303 Committee

Source: National Security Council, Special Group/303 Committee Files, Subject Files, Indonesia. Secret; Eyes Only.


212. Memorandum From Donald W. Ropa of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow)

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, 5/66–6/67, [2 of 2]. Confidential. The following handwritten note appears on the memorandum: “BKS [Bromley K. Smith]: Note NSC suggestion. DR [Donald Ropa].” There is a check mark through Rostow’s name.


213. Memorandum From Donald W. Ropa of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow)

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, 5/66–6/67, [2 of 2]. Confidential. There is a check mark through Rostow’s name indicating that he read the memorandum. Attached to this memorandum was the following note: “Walt: Incidental intelligence re the attached—Bill Bundy says Fulbright could not have been more understanding—that there was no other course we could follow under the circumstances—and he understood and approved!! Bill [William Jorden]”


214. Intelligence Note From the Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (Hughes) to Secretary of State Rusk

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, 5/66–6/67. Secret; No Foreign Dissem. The CIA’s Office of Current Intelligence prepared an Intelligence Memorandum, No. 1685/66, July 30, entitled “The New Indonesia Cabinet,” which provided analysis of the cabinet and biographical information on its new members. (Ibid.)


215. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rusk to President Johnson

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, POL 23–9 INDON. Secret. There is no drafting officer indicated on the memorandum.


216. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (McNaughton) to Secretary of Defense McNamara

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OASD/ISA Files, FRC 70 A 6648, 000.1 Indonesia, 1966. Secret. Drafted by Nuechterlein and rewritten by McNaughton.


217. Notes of the 563rd Meeting of the National Security Council

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, NSC Meetings, Vol. 4, Tab 4, 8/14/66, Indonesia. Secret. Drafted by Jorden who described them as “Informal Notes.”


218. Intelligence Note From the Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (Hughes) to Secretary of State Rusk

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, Secret; No Foreign Dissem; Controlled Dissem.


219. Telegram From the Embassy in Indonesia to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, AID (US) INDON. Confidential. Repeated to CINCPAC for POLAD.


220. Memorandum From William J. Jorden of the National Security Council Staff to President Johnson

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, 5/66–6/67, [2 of 2]. Secret. Rostow “OK”ed and initialed this memorandum on August 28.


221. Memorandum Prepared for the 303 Committee

[Source: National Security Council, Special Group/303 Committee Files, Subject File, Indonesia. Secret; Eyes Alone. 1 page of source text not declassified.]


222. Memorandum From Vice President Humphrey to President Johnson

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Name File, Vice President, July 1, 1966, Vol. II. No classification marking.


223. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, AID (US) INDON). Secret. Drafted by Underhill and approved in S on November 26. The memorandum is Part I of III. On September 24 Bundy sent Rusk a briefing memorandum and talking points for this meeting, which Rusk saw. (Ibid., POL 7 INDON) The time of the meeting is from Rusk’s Appointment Book. After the meeting Rusk hosted a lunch for Malik and his party. (Johnson Library, Rusk Appointment Book)


224. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, POL INDON–US. Secret. Drafted by Green and approved by William Jorden on September 30. William Jorden also prepared a memorandum for the record of this meeting on September 27. (Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, 5/66–6/67) The meeting took place in the White House. The closing time of the meeting is from the President’s Daily Diary. (Ibid.)


225. Telegram From the Embassy in Indonesia to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, DEF 19 US–INDON. Secret. Repeated to CINCPAC for POLAD.


226. Memorandum From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Wheeler) to Secretary of Defense McNamara

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OASD/ISA Files: FRC 70 A 6648, 000.1 Indonesia, 1966 (091.3 Indonesia). Confidential.


227. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Indonesia

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1964–66, DEF 19–8 US–INDON. Confidential. Drafted by Underhill; cleared in draft by Nuechterlein and by Sherwood F. Fine, Officer-in-Charge of Indonesia, AID; and approved by Berger. Repeated to CINCPAC for POLAD and Algiers for Harriman.


228. National Intelligence Estimate

Source: Department of State, INR/EAP Files: Lot 90 D 165, NIE 55–67. Secret; Controlled Dissem. The Central Intelligence Agency and the intelligence organizations of the Departments of State and Defense, and the NSA prepared this estimate, which was concurred with by all members of the U.S. Intelligence Board except the representatives of the AEC and FBI who abstained because the topic was outside their jurisdiction. In a memorandum to Rusk summarizing this estimate, Hughes indicated that there was wide agreement among the USIB members with its conclusions. (Memorandum from Hughes to Rusk, February 24; ibid.)


229. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, Memos, 5/66–6/67, [2 of 2]. No classification marking. The meeting was held in Humphrey’s office in the U.S. Capitol building. Humphrey sent this memorandum to Rostow under cover of an attached March 9 memorandum. Humphrey asked, “for reasons that will be apparent in the memo,” that the record of his discussion not be circulated. Humphrey hoped that Green would be able to meet with the President on his next trip to Washington.


230. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, Memos, 5/66–6/67. Confidential.


231. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson

Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, Memos, 5/66–6/67. Confidential.


232. Memorandum From Secretary of Defense McNamara to President Johnson

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD Files: FRC 72 D 2468, Indonesia, 1967, 091.31 MAP. Secret. Drafted by Steadman. Rostow transmitted this memorandum to the President under a March 3 memorandum, in which he noted that, “the ’New Order’ leaders in Indonesia have given high priority to military civic action. They regard Ambassador Green’s assurances of expanded MAP and our help in debt rescheduling and new foreign aid as votes of confidence, which they are, in their efforts to bring order out of chaos.” There is an indication on Rostow’s memorandum that the President saw it. (Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Indonesia, Vol. VII, Memos, 5/66–6/67)


233. Telegram From the Embassy in Indonesia to the Department of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 15 INDON. Secret. Repeated to Bangkok, Canberra, CINCPAC for POLAD, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Medan, Singapore, Surabaya, Tokyo, and Wellington.


234. Letter From the Ambassador to Indonesia (Green) to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Berger)

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL 15–1 INDON. Secret; Official-Informal.


235. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Indonesia

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, Central Files 1967–69, POL INDON–US. Secret; Priority. Drafted by Underhill, cleared with AID Assistant Administrator for East Asia, John C. Bullitt, in substance with Nuechterlein and the Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, C.R. Eskildsen, and in draft with Berger; and approved by Barnett.