MEMO TO MCGEORGE BUNDY FROM JOHN A. MCCONE RE COURSES OF ACTION WE SHOULD FOLLO

Created: 12/5/1962

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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY CA

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OFFICI Of THB

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DATE: 4

ISTiffiUKD'-v; FOR: Tub Honorable George Sundy

Special Assistant is zne Presidentticnal Sacurlty Affairs

At the close ofjtiveastaised the question of courses of action ftwU folior: if the Cubanitesde operationals shot ds^n. This quastion has been considered and the consensus seens to be that in such an eventuality,ll be obliged to take out thesite cr perhaps: sites, There appeared no difference of opinion among those in attendee9 nt the nestLng last night or previous -eatingsaised this question concemins the policy.

Hssever, as you said, the implementation of the "policy" was another ratter and perha is it would be aore difficult to "seize thein such assurwd circr-stance than it is to agree among ourselves as to nhat should be dene.

Ie disturbed over this situationtrong possioility ofonfrontation1 asare all removed. In thisind it sig-ifleantKuznetsov advised Governorth re.ard to tne numberto bs shipped on each of several ships, the ports and thedeparture. This aeeias to lidioita tc that tha Soviets are about

to "drop the curtain" on one phase of the Cuban problei.

Other indications of titir intentions hareaveote reporting (by btevenson) :ii:oyan'sthat "he had succeeded inocialiststats in Cuba."

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I feel thereery atrcn; possibility' that wo rlU soonituation Rhare the Soviets nill first vsm us against furthorIndicate that theirites arc in operation, and Lf persist irill destrov one's. Action by usype pltr.-fd and centicnsd lestid, therefore,litaxy operation tgainst araoensac. Soviet controlled and operated baseshus iavelvinst Soviet soldiers.

This therefore is quit! possibly the situation that wo will face. It vrill not be action agr-inst "Cuban forces" in disguise; it Trill bo action against Soviet forces and this nay possibly be announced to us in advance. ring this uphink tha possibility neat be given serious thought at this ti-aa and re cirht devise diplomatic noves Baton soold either forestallonfrontation or,ronouncement nade now night so Indicate our intentions that thewill not occur.

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