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As a result, with the encouragement of McNamara, Bundy, and Ball, the conversations were completely uninhibited and unrestricted. Everyone had an equal opportunity to express himself and to be heard direcdy. It was a tremendously advantageous procedure that does not frequendy occur within the executive branch of the government, where rank is often so important. We met all day Friday and Friday night. Then again early Saturday morning we were back at the State Department. I talked to the President several times on Friday.
Sorensen; Under Secretary ofState George Ball; Deputy Under Secretary of State U. Alexis Johnson; General Maxwell Taylor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Edward Martin, Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America; originally, Charles Bohlen, who, after the first day, left to become Ambassador to France and was succeeded by Llewellyn Thompson as the adviser on Russian affairs; Roswell Gilpatric, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Paul Nitze, Assistant Secretary of Defense; and, intermittently at various meetings, Vice-President Lyndon B.
It was now up to one single man. No committee was going to make this decision. He canceled his trip and returned to Washington. As he was returning to Washington, our Armed Forces across the world were put on alert. Telephoning from our meeting in the State Department, Secretary McNamara ordered four tactical air squadrons placed at readiness for an air strike, in case the President decided to accept that recommendation. M. and went for a swim. I sat on the side of the pool, and we talked. At 2:30 we walked up to the Oval Room.
13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis October 1962 by Robert F. Kennedy (auth.)
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