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Created: 3/13/1968

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VICE PRESIDENT KYr-KAS--DECiDED KTEflf3EBRUARY'THAT-^IHEiTA SUE THAT THE TASK FORCE HAS ACCOM SHING BASIC POLICES AND PROCEDURE SHOULD NOVLLOWED TO TAKE'OF'rACCUSATIONS'THATi-.HE^IS^.USXiTF?-THE NT ASK?

TO PRESIDENT

ABOLISHED*

OBJECTIVE

AND THAT THE IUALLXORCE TO fiSAB BE RETAINED, DISTURBED SY*O INITIATE END SUMMARY.

PRES TASK FO TO THIE

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GOtfZRNME .FASHION.

LTHOUGH KY SEEKS TO BELIEVE THE ABOVE RATIONALE TO

SOME .EXTENT, HE IS MOTIVATED MOREEAR OF BEING i

ACCUSED OF GRABBING POWER IN THIS CRISIS FOR

OF,PERSONAL AMBITION. CRITICISMS FROM HIS CRITICS IN AND ,

OUT :OF GOVERNMENT HAVE REACHED HIM TO THE EFFECT

THE VICE PRESIDENT HASUPERMINISTRY AROUND

HIS OWN PERSON AND"FORM OF THE TASK FORCE.

INSISTS THAT HE IS NOT INTERESTED IN ASSUMIN3 POWER IN THIS

INDIRECT VAY AND THAT, REALIZING THE NEED FOR HISi THE

HZ WAS PLEASED TO HAVE OFFERED THEM AND NOV WISHES STEP.

. nrt"rPIDISCUSS his tsnLe with the

PhidAiaLY AaD WILL JSAK2 CLEAR THAT KF UTM nrp?cTHE PRESIDE^'S WISHES. HE WILLReIxDEOT THAT

?EVOLVEDONCEPT ' FI' :PRESIDENT'S STAFF KAD ALTERED BOTH

al cokhittes TOP.SE3CY

THE CC.iHITIEE, IT VILL BE NECESSARY TO CHANGE ITS FRAME CF -EFEREttCE IX THS DIRECTION OF THE ON-GO INS AND LENGTHIER PRO-CESS OF PECOVSRY IN THE LARGER SENSE OF THE WORD*MM ' SEEMS TCTTRACTED TO THE IDEA OF CONTINUINGOWERFUL EXECUTIVE ROLE 3UT IS HOLDING HIMSELF VERY HUGH IN CHECH AGAINST ANY TEMPTATION TO "GRAB" THAT ROLE. HE FEELS STRONGLY THAT IT MUST BE GIVEN HIMHE PRESIDENT WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE CONSTITUTION.)

3 OF XT'S AIDES HAVE EXPRESSED SYMPATHY AND UNDERSTANDING KITHEASONING AND, THEREFORE, HIS INTENSION-AT THS SAME TIME, THEY PREDICT THAT THE EMERGENCY RELIEF WORK,OMPLETED, WILL SUFFER IF KY WITHDRAWS AND THE COMMITTEE IS DISSOLVED. ISSOLUTION SOULD, OF COURSE, ALSO REMOVE THA MS FROM DIRECT INVOLVEMENT IN THE RELIEF ACTIVITIES, UNLESS HE WERE ASSIGNED SO HE ME* ROLEHIEF OF THE JOINT GENERAL STAFF BENGAL CAO VAN VIES. THE BUSINESS OF RELIEF WOULD BE UNDOUBTEDLY DISCUSSEDAILY KEETIX5 OF THE CABINET UNDER THE MINISTERESE MEETINGS WOULD, LIME HOST CABINET ISD5LQE IN ENDLESS TALK AND FE* DECISIONS WITHOUT

H THE ASSEMBLY AGAINST PRIME MINISTER LOCS APPARENT HELPLESSNESS IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE VIET CONS ATT3 RESUME AND BECOME AGGRAVATED.

CITE CONSEQUENCE OF KY'S INTENTION TO

scs the task force or:February is an apparent

FEELINGRGENCY CM HIS PART TO INITIATE SOMETHING

S^ECTAC'JLAR AH CONCRETE WITH REGARDS TO "ARMING THE PEOPLE."

ER THE INFLUENCEENERALY MAY BE

iJOVEO T"RMS OM THE ALREADY 'iZ LL-ORGAN IE ED CATHOLIC

PARISHESOKE CF THE MORE DIFFICULT AREAS OF SAIGON AND

0.': THE PERIPHERY CF THE CITY, IN THIS CONNECTION, HE RECEIVED 14

ztz ON ii FEBRUARY* VMBBHHV IT

L'KAT SPECIFIC COMMITMENTS, IF ANY, WERE MADE TO THE CATHOLIC HE PREHILE MY HAS IHOICATED HIS APPRECIATION

of scf thenvolved in hasty action in this field,

HE NEVERTHELESS IN INTENT ON EXPLOITING THE UPSURGE OFIET

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