SUBJECT: Possible Effect in Guatemala if Government were Intuood to
Eliminate scne tope ranking Coenunlsts frco the Administration.
evidences of Guatemalan approaches to reduce theloadsope that he might attempt to workealadministration eliminates scrao top ranking communist from ltaoirrt of view any ntop in thia direction would Ve For err.^vle if ArVnz could be Induced to eliminate twotop ranking Consunlstairat step, the stage would be setDUG VH efforts to prove to Guatemalan Cortaunlsts that Arbenson then; that hecaintends to throw tVeawould prob-blynrt of the Arbonz line itself. This wedgewith the anti-Cornninist novosrben?etikesrythe Communists to anti-Government activity of sone sort and oxroaenon-pi trlotic. It wld very aeon leadeparation of the sheep fromQur.tenelannrunirts world find it difficultossible to
bideemtwnt patriotic cloak. I eliere thatirst falteringist step byit canbe arranged or provolked or fired in sme deal; wouldremendously disorgnniztnp effect on tho whole Arben2 regire, and would leadituationhort tioe wherein it would be nossible tore desls for further elimination of Ccmunlsts, prove to the anay tho vnci'Ation of the regime and itn insecurity, and oventua1ly reault in the elimination of the Arbens rerins or the Ccezauaists in 'he Reglne. which would be the rermlts desired by the US.
presupposes that PBSuccesa will centime to rmerlee situation so that Arbensonceivably wish to reduce
tho prc.isii'-e and tensionsOriginal document.