42. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson 1
This broad agenda on Latin America was drafted yesterday by Gordon, Linowitz, and Bill Bowdler. It is worth reading as a quick summary of the Latin American situation.
For your talks on Saturday,2 I suggest the following simpler agenda.
- Linowitz’s trip to Central America. (Linowitz)
- Preparations and Prospects for the Summit meeting. (Gordon)
- Implications of the Summit for U.S. Policy. (Gordon)
For your information, Latin Americans’ preparations for the Summit are now going rather well. We have put ourselves in the position where we do not have to decide what add-ons to the Alliance for Progress we shall make until we can see how seriously the Latin Americans are prepared to move forward. Our Latin American experts are thinking in terms of an add-on of perhaps $200,000, partially through the IDB, which would put additional resources into international projects and integration, on the one hand, agriculture and education, on the other.
W. W. Rostow 3
- Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Memos to the President, Walt W. Rostow, Vol. 15. Confidential. The President was at his ranch, November 19–December 9 and December 16–January 2.↩
- December 3; the meeting was evidently held aboard Air Force One during a brief trip on December 3 to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, where Johnson inspected construction of the Amistad Dam and met informally with President Diaz Ordaz. According to the President’s Daily Diary Johnson “went to a back cabin of the plane and was not seen in the front again until after landing.” (Johnson Library) Passengers on the flight included Rusk, Gordon, Linowitz, and Rostow. Tom Johnson reported that “the President spent much of the flight in conversation with Secretary Rusk.” (Memorandum from Johnson to Marie Fehmer, December 3; ibid.) No substantive record of the meeting was found.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩
- Gordon and Linowitz toured Latin America for consultation on the OAS summit and reported to the President on December 19. (Johnson Library, President’s Daily Diary) The President gave Senator Mike Mansfield (D–Montana) the following account of the meeting: “They’ve covered most of the countries—I think all but a couple of them, Ecuador and Bolivia—and they’re pleased with the situation generally. They’re particularly pleased with Carrillo Flores and Diaz Ordaz and what they said to them and so forth. They think that the summit’s going to come off in good shape. They pretty well got an agenda, pretty well agreed upon, pretty well decided that it’s not going to be a place to express your envies or jealousies or to demagogue or campaign.” (Ibid., Recordings and Transcripts, Recording of telephone conversation between President Johnson and Mike Mansfield, December 20, 12:16 p.m., Tape F6612.05, Side A, PNO 4)↩