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Schedule March 6: The Cold War Foundation March 20: Beyond the Cold War April 3: Afghanistan & International Terrorism April 17: The U.S. & the Middle East after the Arab Spring May 1: The Constitution & the U.S. Role in the Current World May 15: The United States and Transnational Matters
U NDERSECRETARY OF S TATE G EORGE B ALL :... Turkey creates more of a problem. We would have to work it out with the Turks on the basis of putting a Polaris in the water, and even that might not be enough, according to the judgments that we’ve had on the spot. We’ve got one paper on it already and we’re having more work done right now. It is a complicated problem because these [Jupiter missiles] were put in under a NATO decision and to the extent they really now are... A SS ’ T S ECRETARY OF D EFENSE P AUL N ITZE : The NATO requirement involves the whole question of whether we are going to denuclearize NATO. I would suggest that what you do is to say that we’re prepared only to discuss Cuba at this time. After the Cuban thing is settled and these things are out, we’re prepared to discuss anything. P RESIDENT K ENNEDY : No, I don’t think we can... How much negotiations have we had with the Turks this week? Who’s done it? U NIDENTIFIED : No, we have not. S ECRETARY OF S TATE D EAN R USK : We haven’t talked with the Turks. The Turks have talked with us. P RESIDENT K ENNEDY : Where have they talked with us? R USK : In NATO.
P RESIDENT K ENNEDY : Yeah, but have we gone to the Turkish government before this came out this week? I’ve talked about it now [in ExComm meetings] for a week. Have we had any conversations in Turkey, with the Turks? R USK : Well, we’ve asked [US ambassador to Italy Thomas] Finletter and [US ambassador to Turkey Douglas] Hare to give us their judgments on it. We’ve not actually talked with the Turks. B ALL : We did it on a basis where, if we talked to the Turks, I mean, this would be an extremely unsettling business. P RESIDENT K ENNEDY : Well, this is unsettling now, George, because he’s [Khrushchev’s] got us in a pretty good spot here. Because most people would regard this as not an unreasonable proposal. I’ll just tell you that. In fact, in many ways— M C G EORGE B UNDY : But what “most people,” Mr. President? P RESIDENT K ENNEDY : I think you’re going to have it very difficult to explain why we are going to take hostile military action in Cuba, against these sites, which is what we’re thinking about, when he’s [Khrushchev’s] saying, “If you’ll get yours out of Turkey, we’ll get ours out of Cuba.” I think you’ve got a very touchy point here... B UNDY : It isn’t as if we’d got the [Jupiter] missiles out, Mr. President. It would be different. Or if we had any understanding with the Turks that they ought to come out, it would be different. Neither of these is the case. P RESIDENT K ENNEDY : Well, I’d just like to know how much we’ve done about it; because, as I say, we talked about it— B UNDY : We decided not to, Mr. President. We decided not to play this directly with the Turks.
Rusk: Our own representative is— B ALL : If we talked to the Turks, they would bring it up in NATO. This thing would be all over Western Europe, and our position would have been undermined. B UNDY : That’s right. B ALL : Because immediately the Soviet Union would know that this thing was being discussed. The Turks feel very strongly about this. We persuaded them that this [stationing of missiles, in 1959] was an essential requirement, and they feel that it’s a matter of prestige and a matter of real— B UNDY : If we had talked to the Turks, it would already be clear that we were trying to sell our allies for our interests. That would be the view in all of NATO. Now, that’s irrational and it’s crazy, but it’s a terribly powerful fact. F ORMER AMBASSADOR TO THE USSR T OMMY T HOMPSON : Particularly in the case that this is a [Soviet] message to you and [UN General Secretary] U Thant. A SS ’ T S ECRETARY OF S TATE U. A LEXIS J OHNSON : It seems to me we ought to get word to [UN ambassador Adlai] Stevenson that, if this is put out up there, he should immediately saw we will not discuss this question of the Turkish bases. B UNDY : The problem is Cuba. The Turks are not a threat to the peace. Nobody tells the Turks as— P RESIDENT K ENNEDY : I think it would be better, rather than saying that, until we get some time to think about it, just saying: “Well, the fact of the matter is that we received a letter last night from Khrushchev and it’s an entirely different proposal.” So, therefore, we first ought to get clarification from the Soviet Union of what they’re talking, at least to give us a... As I say, you’re going to find a lot of people who will find this is a rather reasonable position. B UNDY : That’s true. P RESIDENT K ENNEDY : Let’s not kid ourselves.
P RESIDENT J OHNSON : I don’t want to debate it with you, my friend. I love you. But you know goddamn well when I ask them not to make me notify them publicly so it wouldn’t be in the papers... A LBERT T HOMAS : Well... P RESIDENT J OHNSON : You know that I know what I’m doing. T HOMAS : Frankly, I— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : You know, and we screwed it up. This damn fool [Minnesota senator Hubert] Humphrey put that paragraph on. T HOMAS : That’s right— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : I told [House Majority Leader Carl] Albert to get it off, cut it off. T HOMAS : I think it’s your partners over on the Senate side. Now, old Otto [Passman] played ball. He told me he was going to do his damnedest to take it out. Have you got the language in front of you? P RESIDENT J OHNSON : Yes, sir, I’ve got it front of me. And it oughtn’t to be in there. It’s just a damn— T HOMAS : [hurriedly reading] “Agency or national in connection with the purchase... [etc.].” P RESIDENT J OHNSON : That’s right. T HOMAS : “Or national except when the President determines that such guarantees would be in the national interest.”
P RESIDENT J OHNSON : That’s all right—period. T HOMAS : “And reports each”— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : No, no! No! Period, after “national interest.” T HOMAS : I know, but read your language further. “And reports each determination.” P RESIDENT J OHNSON : [loudly] Why should I want to report to everybody that I screwed a girl? You screwed one last night, but you don’t want to report it. T HOMAS : [slyly] I wish I did. P RESIDENT J OHNSON : Well, you know what I’m talking about. That made it come home to you, didn’t it? T HOMAS : Well, it ain’t going to— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : Don’t you think I’m a damned idiot, now. T HOMAS : Now, now— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : Well— T HOMAS : Now, now, now, now. Of course not. But I don’t think it’s going to hamstring you a bit on— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : It doesn’t hamstring me. It just publicizes that I’m pro-Russian right when [Richard] Nixon’s running against me. That’s all it does.
T HOMAS : Well, he ain’t going to run, because he ain’t going to— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : Well, listen, Albert— T HOMAS : —he ain’t going to get two or three— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : Listen, Albert. You and I are buddies now. You understand politics, and I do, too. I’m telling you that we’re working with the Republicans up there 100 percent. T HOMAS : Well, I’m on your side. P RESIDENT J OHNSON : Well, all right. You just don’t ever agree that that’s a good clause, because you know goddamn well it ain’t. Don’t try to shit me, because I know better. T HOMAS : Here’s the Speaker. Well, I’ve worked with it in the— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : Yeah, you’ve worked with it, but you’ve been working with it under Republican presidents, not under Democrats. When a Democratic President has to report that he makes a determination that it’s in his interest to go with Russia, it’s not good when you’re running for office. Now, you know that, don’t you?
P RESIDENT J OHNSON : I would say, in fairness, as a teacher, I would grade him about a B+ on discussions on arms—that is, offensive, defensive missiles, the ABM. He made one or two passes [that] I don’t want to discuss with anyone but you. But he said, “I want you to know that if you do not deliver Israel here on this [UN] resolution—[immediate] withdrawal—and you cannot pull these fighters back like you do two boxing men in the ring, separate the combatants, and you pull them back to where they were before this war started, then I want you to know there’s going to be a big war, and there’s going to be a great war, and it’s coming soon.” And I said, “Well, now, Mr. Chairman, I hope that there’s not going to— And he said, “They’ll fight with their fists and they’ll fight with arms.” And I said, “Now, if you’re saying that the Israels [sic] and the Arabs are going to have some further difficulties, I hope they don’t. I’m going to do everything I can to keep ‘em from fighting, and I hope you do everything you can to keep ‘em from fighting. But if you’re saying that it goes beyond that area, and others will be fighting, then you’re speaking very serious business, and something that concerns me greatly. And I think it should concern you.” And he backed away from it, and said, “Well, I said that they would be fighting out there.” And I said, “Well, I’ll do all that I can to keep ‘em from fighting; hope you do, too.” E ISENHOWER : Mm. Mr. President— P RESIDENT J OHNSON : He made another pass this afternoon along the same line, and I met him the same way, and he backed off from it again.
P RESIDENT N IXON : Henry, let me tell you about the Ivy League presidents. And Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the [TV] network leaders. They’re finished. And, incidentally, that includes the business elite. H ENRY K ISSINGER : Time has been a little better— P RESIDENT N IXON : [unclear] yeah, but that’s— K ISSINGER : [Editor Hugh] Sidey has been a disaster. P RESIDENT N IXON : That’s right. He’s— K ISSINGER : Life is a disaster. P RESIDENT N IXON : That’s right. But my point that I’m making is this: they’re finished for this reason. That if, when it’s tough, they aren’t there, we don’t want them. Now, we’ve got to build a new Establishment. We’re going to. And it isn’t going to come out of the Ivy League, you know. Let me say—I’ve already given instructions: you know, there’s never going to be another Harvard man hired in our staff? Not any new ones. We’ve got plenty already. No more. It’s too bad—some good men will be missed. But why do we take people that have had their minds poisoned by the...? K ISSINGER : We can’t. P RESIDENT N IXON : Never, never, never. K ISSINGER : We’ve got to put them to the sword, Mr. President. P RESIDENT N IXON : I’m going to. K ISSINGER : It’s just not— P RESIDENT N IXON : I don’t mean that we’d get much better out of Ohio State. But, God, there’s a chance. At Harvard, there’s no chance. K ISSINGER : You’ll get better out of— P RESIDENT N IXON : [continuing] Yale! The same. Columbia— K ISSINGER : Yale is worse than Harvard. P RESIDENT N IXON : Much worse. Princeton. But, you see, the whole bunch of people have no courage, no guts.