RELEASE AS SAMb .
TO: OIR RYBAT PBSUCCESS
REF: A. DIR) B. 8i52)
REF USO EXPRESSES LINCOLN'S VIEWS RE READINESS OATE ANO PROPOSED TENTATIVE PLANNING0
WITHOUT ENGAGING IN FULL REVIEW OF ALL FACTORS INVOLVED WHICH ARE ALSO KNOWN TO HQS FROM CABLE TFC, LINCOLN OELIEVES SITUATION IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING POINT OF DIMINISHING RETURNS.
THE CRUX OF WHOLE ISSUE IS BELIEVED TO BE CONTINUED IN CURRENT INTER-ARMY STRUGGLE NOW IN PROGRESS. THE OUTCOMEOR OTHER ANTI -COMMJNlST OFFICERS SHOULD BE KNOWN CLEARLY IN NEXT US HOURS. IF THESE OFFICERS ARE ELIMINATED AND STRONG EVIDENCE BECOMES AVAILABLE THE ARMY
!S SOLIDLY 8EHIN0 ARBENZ AND WILL FIGHTNITERIOUS AND QUICK DECISION MUST BE MADE RE CALLIGERIS FORCES IN EXTERIOR.
U* ie word is received of sufficient reliableness that army is split or would split if call iger is attacks then the decision to do so soonest should be made.
lincoln would appreciate hqs views on abqve and ref msg, particular attention is invited to force of circumstances createo once air and land arms movement initiated wherein failure to follow up quickly andcould well result in piece meal decimination of alll assets.
6. wish reemphasize that lo june tentative ano may have to be oelayed for number reasons. for planning have chosen earliest possible. will keep you aoviseo.
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