184. Note From the Presidentʼs Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson 1
This lively account confirms your instinct about Sihanouk.
I checked with George Ball to make sure they staff out and act on some of the Cambodia recommendations we sent over.
Mr. President, you can smell it all over: Hanoiʼs operation, backed by the Chicoms, is no longer being regarded as the wave of the future out there. U.S. power is beginning to be felt.
Weʼre not in; but weʼre moving.2
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Vietnam, Vol. LV, Memos A, 6/66. Secret.↩
- Johnson wrote the following note on the source text: “Good—see me. L.” Another note in an unidentified hand reads: “Mr. Rostow saw Pres. 6/27/67.”↩
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Memos to the President, Walt. W. Rostow, Vol. VII. Secret. The telegram was retyped in the White House and there was no time of dispatch on the source text.↩