Learn about the beta

Central America Region


462. Summary of Conclusions of a Policy Review Committee Meeting

Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 38, PRM–17 (3). Secret. Pastor forwarded the summary of conclusions to Brzezinski under cover of a March 25 memorandum.


463. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) and the Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (Aaron)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 54, PRM/NSC–46 (1). Secret. Sent for action. Brzezinski wrote at the top of the page: “a good memo. ZB.” Inderfurth and Bartholomew also initialed the memorandum.


464. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 54, PRM/NSC–46 (1). Secret. Sent for action. Aaron wrote at the top of the page: “Bob—Cut down the PRM to a page and half. DA” and “substance is OK. DA.”


465. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 54, PRM/NSC–46 (1). Secret. Sent for action.


466. Telegram From the Embassy in Costa Rica to the Department of State

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, D790226–0916. Secret; Immediate.


467. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski), the Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (Aaron), and the President’s Special Representative for Economic Summits (Owen)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 54, PRM/NSC–46 (1). Secret. Sent for information and action. An unknown hand wrote on June 6: “David has copy.” Brzezinski wrote at the top of the page: “RP—I agree with your basic thesis—but need a better sense of the strategy required for dealing with this problem. ZB.”


468. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski), the Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (Aaron), and the President’s Special Representative for Economic Summits (Owen)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 76, PRC 111, 6/11/1979, Central America. Secret. Sent for information. A stamped notation on the memorandum indicates that Brzezinski saw it. For the minutes of the June 11 PRC meeting, see Document 469.


469. Minutes of a Policy Review Committee Meeting

Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 76, PRC–111 6/11/79 Central America. Secret. The meeting took place in the White House Situation Room.


470. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to President Carter

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Country Chron File, Box 27, Latin America, 5–7/79. Secret. Sent for action. Under cover of a June 12 memorandum, Pastor sent Brzezinski the summary of conclusions of the June 11 PRC meeting on Central America for Brzezinski to submit to Carter. Pastor noted: “There is a great deal of urgency in getting a decision. Vaky would like to get a cable out to all our posts instructing our Ambassadors to seek support for an OAS Meeting of Foreign Ministers along the lines decided by the PRC. If we want the meeting by early next week, we should get the cable out by tomorrow.” Aaron approved on June 12; according to a handwritten note on Pastor’s memorandum Brzezinski hand-carried the summary of conclusions to Carter on June 13. (Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Donated Material, Subject, Box 25, Meetings—PRC 111, 6/11/1979)


471. Memorandum From Secretary of Defense Brown to President Carter

Source: Carter Library, Brzezinski Donated Material, Subject File, Box 30, Meetings—SCC 183, 7/17/1979. Secret.


472. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)

Source: Carter Library, Brzezinski Donated Material, Subject File, Box 30, Meetings—SCC 183, 7/17/1979. Secret. A stamped notation on the memorandum indicates that Brzezinski saw it.


473. Summary of Conclusions of a Special Coordination Committee Meeting

Source: Washington National Records Center, OSD Files, FRC 330–82–0205, Central America Jan.–Aug. 1979. Secret. The meeting took place in the White House Situation Room. Brzezinski sent the summary to Vance, Brown, McIntyre, Gilligan, Jones, and Turner under a July 26 memorandum. Brown’s initials appear on this copy of the memorandum. No minutes for this meeting were found.


474. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) and the President’s Special Representative for Economic Summits (Owen)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Council, Institutional Files, Box 183, PRC–120, 8/2/1979, Central America. Secret. A stamped notation indicates that Brzezinski saw the memorandum.


475. Summary of Conclusions of a Policy Review Committee Meeting

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Country Chron File, Box 28, Latin America, 8/79–9/79. Secret. The meeting took place in the White House Situation Room. Carter initialed the top right-hand corner of the memorandum and wrote “OK.” Brzezinski sent Carter the summary under an August 6 memorandum, requesting that he approve it. Brzezinski noted that “options on possible increases in economic assistance” to the countries were being formulated prior to Vance’s trip to Ecuador (August 9–12). An unknown hand wrote at the bottom of the covering memorandum: “Dispatched to agencies 8–10–79.” (Ibid.) Dodson sent the approved minutes to Vance, Brown, McIntyre, Gilligan, Jones, Turner, and Ehrlich under an August 9 memorandum. (Ibid.) Roeber prepared a memorandum for the record, dated August 8, about the August 2 PRC meeting. (Central Intelligence Agency, Office of the Director of Central Intelligence, Job 80B00112R: Subject Files, Box 16, Folder 11: (SCC) Central America) No other minutes for the meeting were found.


476. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, North/South, Pastor Files, Country Files, Box 7, Central America: 8/79–12/79. Secret. Sent for action. A copy was sent to Owen.


477. Memorandum From Secretary of State Vance to President Carter

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Office, Presidential Advisory Board, Box 83, Sensitive XX: 8/79. Secret. Carter wrote in the top right-hand corner of the page: “Cy—A) Sounds good. B) Severe budget restraints. C) See Zbig’s 2 questions. J.” Reference is to two questions Brzezinski wrote on an undated note: “Two additional issues: 1) How do we reassure those whom we want to undertake reforms that they will be protected from outside subversion; i.e. do we draw the line somehow? 2) How do we discourage, isolate or punish the Cubans—and also entice them into a healthier relationship?” Denend (on behalf of Brzezinski) returned Vance’s memorandum and Brzezinski’s handwritten note to Vance under an August 16 memorandum.


478. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Country File, Box 56, Nicaragua: 7/79–9/79: Secret. Sent for information. Pastor originally designated the memorandum as sent for action but crossed out the word “action” and substituted “information” above it. A copy was sent to Owen.


479. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Country File, Box 46, Latin America: 10/1–14/79. Secret. Sent for action. Copies were sent to Aaron, Owen, and Poats. Brzezinski wrote at the top of the page to Owen and Pastor: “HO/RB I agree with much of Bob’s case—and does the P. Let’s beef up our position.” A notation next to this comment in an unknown hand reads “9/26/79.”


480. Memorandum From the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (McIntyre), the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski), and the President’s Special Representative for Economic Summits (Owen) to President Carter

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Country File, Box 46, Latin America: 10/1–14/79. Confidential. Sent for action. Carter initialed the first page of the memorandum. Tabs 1–4 are not attached.


481. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Secretary of State Vance

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Country File, Box 46, Latin America: 10/1–14/79. Secret. Owen wrote at the top of the memorandum: “John pls call me. H. Owen.”


482. Memorandum From Secretary of State Vance to President Carter

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, North/South, Pastor Files, Country Files, Box 7, Central America: CACAR: 11/1/78–11/6/79. Secret. Carter wrote at the top of the page: “Zbig, OK. J.” Hutcheson sent a copy of the memorandum to Brzezinski under an October 10 note, indicating that the memorandum was to be returned to Brzezinski. Brzezinski added the following to the note: “RG—to CV. RP—implement. ZB.”


483. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) and the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Aaron)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, North/South, Pastor Files, Country Files, Box 7, Central America: CACAR: 11/1/78–11/6/79. Secret; Sensitive. Sent for action. On another copy of the memorandum Aaron added the following notation: “ZB—Use the tasker for Talking Points at the SCC on covert action and follow up with a memo as necessary. DA.” (Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Office, For President or Brzezinski Only File, Box 88, Presidential Advisory (PA) Very Sensitive, 1–12/79)


484. Memorandum From the President’s Special Representative for Economic Summits (Owen) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Country Chron File, Box 35, Nicaragua, 7–12/79. Confidential. Sent for information. Brzezinski added a checkmark and wrote at the top of the page: “RP,” indicating Pastor. In an October 4 memorandum to Carter, Vance requested that Carter “reconsider” his decision to seek supplemental assistance for Nicaragua only and not other Central American and Caribbean nations. (Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Country Chron File, Box 28, Latin America, 10/79)


485. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to Secretary of State Vance, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (McIntyre), and the Director of the International Development Cooperation Agency (Ehrlich)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Country Chron File, Box 28, Latin America, 10/79. Confidential. A copy was sent to Bennet.


486. Memorandum From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to President Carter

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Country Chron File, Box 28, Latin America, 10/79. Secret. Sent for information. Carter wrote at the top of the page: “This is wrong approach—I’ll speak at meeting. C.” Carter’s reference is to Document 487. An earlier draft of the memorandum, prepared by Pastor and sent to Brzezinski under an October 18 memorandum is ibid.


487. Summary of Conclusions of a Presidential Meeting

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Office, Presidential Advisory Board, Box 83, Sensitive XX: 10/13/1979–10/31/1979. Secret. The meeting took place in the Cabinet Room.


488. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) and the President’s Special Representative for Economic Summits (Owen)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, Office, Presidential Advisory Board, Box 83, Sensitive XX: 10/13–31/1979. Secret. Sent for both action and information. Brzezinski wrote at the top of the page: “RP—good.”


489. Memorandum From Paul Henze of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski)

Source: National Security Council, Carter Administration Intelligence Files, Box I022, SCC(I) Meeting, Cover Action, PB Henze, 7 April 1980. Secret; Sensitive. Tabs A–E are attached but not printed.


491. Memorandum From Robert Pastor of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) and the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Aaron)

Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, Brzezinski Office File, Country Chron File, Box 28, Latin America, 7–8/80. Secret. Sent for information. A copy was sent to Owen. A stamped notation on the memorandum indicates that Brzezinski saw it.