273. Note From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson 1
Here is a lively cable from Bill Sullivan describing the political situation in Laos after the recent elections.
I though it might provide a sense of the situation on our Viet Nam flank, which may become important in the year ahead whether Viet Nam moves towards negotiations or towards more intense conflict.
On the whole, the situation is much better than anyone might have guessed a few years ago.
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Laos, Vol. XVI, Memos, 2/66–1/67. Confidential. The source text indicates that Johnson saw it.↩
- The substance of the attached cable was retyped in the White House. The original, January 5, is in Department of State, Central Files, POL 15 LAOS.↩
- In telegram 4177 from Vientiane, January 12, also seen by the President, Sullivan reported that Souvanna asked that Sullivan express to Washington the hope that the Johnson administration continue the bombing of North Vietnam. Souvanna believed that the North Vietnamese were hurting and wanted a pause. Souvanna wanted Washington to know that Laos “profits enormously” from U.S. bombing of North Vietnam. (Ibid., POL 15–1 LAOS) A retyped copy is in the Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Laos, Vol. XVI, Memos 2/66–1/67)↩