Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.
Sound recording of a meeting about Vietnam held on September 11, 1963, between President John F. Kennedy, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General Maxwell Taylor, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John McCone, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs W. Averell Harriman, Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatric, Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) Edward R. Murrow, Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs Roger Hilsman, National Security Council (NSC) member Michael Forrestal, Specialist on Counterinsurgency for the JCS General Victor Krulak, Executive Secretary of the NSC Bromley Smith, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Robert Manning, and Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Seymour Janow. The subject matter discussed in this meeting is similar to that of the previous day's (September 10, 1963) meeting with President Kennedy on Vietnam. Participants rehash much of what was discussed at that meeting and debate the steps to take. Secretary McNamara comments that he disagrees with United States Ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge on a plan of action; Secretary Rusk and Director McCone agree with Secretary McNamara on this point. Two segments of the recording totaling 1 minute and 13 seconds have been removed in accordance with Section 3.4 (b) (1), (3) of Executive Order 13526. This sound recording has been excerpted from Tape 110, which contains additional sound recording(s) preceding and following this one. See Related Records to access Tape 110 in its entirety.