COMMENTS RE PBSUCCESS

Created: 5/29/1968

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are conflicting opinions aod versions of this operation, lt la true the operation was painstakingly planned well In advance. The Guatemalan revolutionary contingent, however, waa not able to follow through in execution of the professional planning involved. Some hastily arrived at changes) and decisions had to be made. The Important thing, however. Is the operation succeeded.

ross inaccuracy. It Isritish freighter was sunk. It is not correct, however, that the Agency paid off the policy rather than run the rlak of an inquiry. The insurers bore the brunt of the loss.

Re Paragrapht is true therereat deal of attention paid to tbe overthrow of Arbena in aftert ia not fair, however, to say that the cover. participants waa little moreig leaf. It also ahoold not be cranked into the record that Station Chiefs five years later considered that any effort for the overthrow of the Castro regime In Cuba would be counterproductive for reasons stated in this paragraph. The Guatemalan operation is certainly not the basic reason for leftist propaganda talking about "Yankee Imperialism". In other words, there is no balance to these statements and they do not consider at all the totality of U. S. economic programs in the hemisphere which have given household usage in some sectors to the phrase "Yankee Imperialism".

Jacob D. Esterline

DC/WHD

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