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Subject: 1967 - PART 5 - No change in policy
begin with a debate over the increased use of Cambodia by the NVA - from JCS and SNIE assessments - NOTE - no change in policy
- ie no note of use of Khmer Serei -
URL to documents #197 - #206
198. Memorandum From the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Secretary of Defense McNamara/1/
Washington, December 19, 1966.
/1/Source: Washington National Records Center,
RG 330, OSD Files: FRC 70 A 4662, Cambodia, 1966. Top Secret.
Actions to Deal with VC/NVA Use of Cambodian
1. (TS) Reference is made to JCSM-812-65, dated 12 November 1965,/2/ in which the Joint Chiefs of Staff
informed you of their views and recommendations concerning Cambodian support of the Viet Cong (VC). The Joint Chiefs of Staff
recommended that forceful action be taken to stop the use of Cambodian territory by enemy forces as a logistics base and sanctuary.
2. (TS) You concurred in actions to expand and intensify the over-all intelligence collection
program in Cambodia, increased surveillance of the sea lines of communication (LOCs) between the Republic of Vietnam (RVN)
and Cambodia, increased controls on the Mekong and Bassac waterways, and planning for the conduct of covert paramilitary operations
and low-altitude aerial reconnaissance. You further stated that should these measures prove ineffective other recommendations
would be considered on a case-by-case basis. The immediate pursuit of VC/North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces withdrawing into
Cambodian territory was authorized only in emergency self defense/preservation situations.
3. (TS) Measures recommended
for the conduct of an aggressive political/psychological campaign to persuade the Cambodian Government to stop support of
the VC/NVA were referred to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State advised a gradual and cautious approach and, with
respect to covert cross-border operations, full consideration of the political problems involved. He further stated that there
was a lack of convincing evidence of the significant use of Cambodian territory by the VC/NVA.
4. (TS) The VC/NVA exploitation
of the pseudo-neutrality of Cambodia has increased to serious proportions. This is amply substantiated by a recent DIA assessment
(Appendix A)/3/ and attested to by the conclusions reached at a Southeast Asia Coordination (SEACOORD) meeting of 10 November
1966. VC/NVA use of the Cambodian sanctuary constitutes a clear and present danger and thereby requires a continuous commitment
of sizable friendly forces to the border area, impedes progress of the land campaign, and results in unnecessary US and friendly
casualties. Major US operations conducted adjacent to the Cambodian border during 1966, including the largest ground operation
to date, Attelboro, have provided continuing indications that the VC/NVA are using Cambodia as a base of operations, a safe
haven, and a source of logistical support.
/3/Appendices A and B are attached, but not printed.
5. (TS) Actions
authorized under current policy have proven inadequate to counter the growing threat imposed by VC/NVA use of Cambodia. An
impasse exists wherein the collection of convincing intelligence is prerequisite to changes in policy, while adequate intelligence
cannot be obtained until this policy is changed. COMUSMACV, CINCPAC, and Embassy Saigon recommend and the Joint Chiefs of
Staff concur that additional measures must be taken to obtain adequate and convincing intelligence suitable for use in diplomatic
efforts aimed at reversing Cambodia's countenance of the present situation.
6. (TS) The Joint Chiefs of Staff consider
that current national policy with respect to Cambodia must again by reviewed in light of over-all US objectives in Southeast
Asia and the continued use of the Cambodian sanctuary by the VC/NVA. It is noted that Secretary Vance has requested the Under
Secretary of State to establish a joint State-Defense-CIA study group to explore problems associated with Cambodia. This will
take time. In the meantime, certain minimum actions should be taken now. Therefore, the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend that:
The over-all intelligence collection program against Cambodia be expanded and intensified immediately to include:
Authorization for ground reconnaissance operations such as Daniel Boone into Cambodia.
(2) Authorization to conduct
high altitude U-2 photography over Cambodia on a continuing basis.
(3) Authorization to conduct medium and low altitude
day/night photography, ARDF, IR, and SLAR on a continuing basis into Cambodia to a depth of 75 nautical miles from the border
with Laos and South Vietnam (SVN). Excluded from reconnaissance coverage is an area 25 nautical miles around Phnom Penh.
Immediate pursuit of actively engaged VC/NVA forces which are withdrawing into Cambodian territory be authorized, thereby
enhancing our capability to destroy the enemy, gaining hard intelligence, and increasing the security of the border area.
A more extensive coordinated public affairs and information program and supporting psychological operations be instituted
to illuminate Cambodian support to the VC/NVA, to dissuade Cambodia from continuing such support, and to lay the foundation
for possible future courses of action.
d. A memorandum, substantially as contained in Appendix B, together with a copy
of Appendix A, be forwarded to the Secretary of State.
For the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
Earle G. Wheeler/4/
Chiefs of Staff
/4/Printed from a copy that indicates Wheeler signed the original.
- In the Next One - CIA says MACV overstates the problem - all the while CHERRY is in operation
Memorandum From the Deputy Director of Intelligence and Research (Denny) to Secretary of State Rusk/1/
/1/Source: Department of State, INR/EAP Files: Lot 90 D 165, SNIE 57-67. Secret; No Foreign Dissem; Limited
SNIE 57-67: Significance of Cambodia to the Vietnamese Communist War Effort/2/
The attached Special National Intelligence Estimate assesses the nature and the extent of Viet Cong use of Cambodian
territory in support of Communist military operations in South Vietnam. The estimate was requested by the SEACOORD ambassadors,
following their meeting in Saigon last November. Drawing on a MACV intelligence study, "The Role of Cambodia in the NVN/VC
War Effort,"/3/ which was prepared a month previously and served as the basis of their briefing by General Westmoreland's
intelligence officers, the SEACOORD ambassadors concluded that Communist use of Cambodia "is growing in magnitude" and cited
MACV's view that our "tolerance level" of refusing to expand the fighting into Cambodia "is being reached." Finally, SEACOORD
proposed, pending "confirmation of the magnitude and seriousness of the problem" by the intelligence community estimate, a
number of specific actions to discourage Communist use of Cambodia and to expand our intelligence assets on the problem.
Utilizing intelligence from all sources, as well as the MACV study of last year, the estimate deals with
Communist use of Cambodia for sanctuary, infiltration, and logistical support, the extent of official Cambodian involvement,
as well as the RKG's ability to counter Communist efforts through Cambodia. It also attempts to assess Communist alternatives
to the use of Cambodian territory in the event that Cambodian rice were denied the insurgents.
The estimate concludes
that, while Communist use of Cambodian territory has increased substantially during the past 18 months and will probably continue
to do so as a result of increased requirements created both by their own military build-up and intensified military operations
by allied forces, denial of Cambodian territory to the Viet Cong "would not constitute a decisive element in their ability
to conduct military operations," even though it would make life more difficult for them. Regarding the RKG's ability to restrict
Viet Cong use of Cambodia, the estimate concludes that "Cambodia's capability to detect and resist sizable Communist forces
or inhibit Communist activities, particularly in the northeast, is extremely limited." However, it notes that Sihanouk is
probably aware of the general nature but not the full extent of Communist activities in Cambodia and that his own attitude
has fostered a permissive atmosphere for collusion by officials and private commercial interests. The estimate also makes
the judgment that Sihanouk could do more than he is now doing to discourage the Viet Cong, but because of Cambodian military
limitations, fear of involvement in the war, and Sihanouk's belief that in the long run he will have to deal with the Communists,
Sihanouk's efforts during 1967 to control Communist use of Cambodia "will be minor and ineffectual."
In sum, the principal
judgments in this estimate are (1) that Communist use of Cambodian territory is not decisive to the Communist military effort
in South Vietnam and (2) that the RKG is neither willing nor able to restrict substantially the use of its territory. On the
basis of these judgments, therefore, the estimate does not appear to support the tone and implications of the MACV study.
Indeed, in its own thorough review and evaluation of the MACV study, CIA has concluded that the MACV study (1) failed to discriminate
sufficiently in the use of raw intelligence reports and (2) overstated the significance of Cambodia to Communist military
operations in South Vietnam. We agree with CIA on these points.
Despite the estimate's divergence with MACV, it is worth noting that the DOD representatives had no major difficulties
with it. Indeed, there was considerable consensus among all representatives on the high-lights of the estimate. At one point,
DIA threatened to reserve its position over the amount of rice estimated to have been delivered from Cambodia to Communist
forces in the central Vietnamese highlands and in the southern Laos panhandle, but later accepted compromise wording on this
portion of the estimate.
Finally, the conclusion that the Viet Cong in certain areas would probably have to rely on
major shipments of rice from North Vietnam if Cambodia were no longer a source is, in our judgment, somewhat overdrawn since
we are not at all confident that sources within South Vietnam could not make up the gap or that rice from these sources could
be effectively denied the insurgents.
OF ALL THE DOCS - the next is the only one
that can save the CIA - I have no idea what it contains -
From the Chief, Far Eastern Division, Directorate of Plans of the Central Intelligence Agency (Colby) to the Assistant Secretary
of State for East Asian Affairs (Bundy)
Washington, April 13, 1967.
[Source: Central Intelligence Agency,
DDO/EA Files: Job 78-000032R, Chipwood Memos, Vol. II. Secret. 2-1/2 pages of source text not declassified.]
guesstimate that with the classification of Secret - It is not contradictory to the overall policy of no contac with Khmer
Serei - since those dealing with that subject often go to the TOP SECET level - To supplement this view, the next document
outlines expansion of Daniel Boone - with CIA involvement and note - NO ACTION TO BRING IN KHMER SEREI - John is already involved
205. Action Memorandum From the Chairman of the Cambodian Study
Group (Unger) to the Under Secretary of State (Katzenbach)/1/
Washington, May 1, 1967.
of State, Central Files, POL 27 VIET S. Top Secret. Drafted by Unger and initialed by Kohler.
by the Joint State-Defense-CIA Study Group for Cambodia
1. Pursuant to a suggestion to you from Deputy Secretary Vance,
agreement was reached last December on the establishment of Joint Study Group under Department of State Chairmanship to discuss
means of dealing with the problem of Viet Cong-North Vietnamese use of Cambodia. In addition to State, representatives of
the Department of Defense and CIA participated in the study and USIA was included in the discussions of psychological operations.
The Study Group has now completed its initial report which I am submitting to you at Tab A. In this report (pages 1-4) you
will find a summary and a series of recommendations which provide the essence of our findings. It is our hope that the report
will serve as a policy and operating guide for the Cambodian question as it relates to the war in Viet-Nam. The report is
labeled "initial" in recognition of the need to reassess its findings regularly.
3. If you approve the report I recommend
that you forward it to Messrs. Vance and Helms (see draft letter at Tab B)/2/ and invite their approval as well. Once the
report is approved I would recommend also providing an information copy to Mr. Marks, USIA.
/2/Attached but not printed.
As the work of the Study Group proceeded we were able to reach immediate agreement on certain recommended actions and authorization
was given to proceed with these forthwith as noted in the report, beginning on page 26. In addition to those actions, primarily
in the military field, we have also been proceeding with diplomatic and informational activities.
5. With respect to
certain other recommended actions, the Study Group deferred decision in one instance and in the remaining cases decided it
was inadvisable to approve the actions under present circumstances. These deferred and disapproved proposals are discussed
in the report starting on page 30. The deferred decision concerns certain limited ground reconnaissance operations, including
the participation of US personnel, in a limited area of Northeast Cambodia adjacent to South Viet-Nam and Laos (code name:
Daniel Boone). Because of the sensitivity of these operations I wished them to be considered at a high level in the Department
but I recommend that they be approved since I consider the military utility high and the risk of exposure low.
/3/Katzenbach approved both recommendations on May 9.
6. It is recommended
a) Approve the Initial Report (Tab A) of the Study Group and sign the letters transmitting it to Defense
and CIA (see Tab B).
b) Approve the Daniel Boone operation recommended by the Study Group and concur in the transmittal
of the messages contained in Tab K of the Initial Report.
[Here follows a table of contents.]
Initial Report of the Joint Department of State-Department of Defense-Central
Intelligence Agency Study Group on Cambodia
/4/Top Secret; Limdis.
I. Summary and Recommendations
Following a SEACOORD meeting in November 1966,
which focussed attention on the increasing seriousness of the problems of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese use of Cambodia,
USIB undertook a restudy of the problem in an effort to evaluate its relative significance to our military effort in Vietnam.
That study, completed on January 26, 1967, concludes inter alia that VC/NVA use of Cambodia: (1) does not constitute a decisive
element in the enemy capability for conducting military operations in Vietnam; (2) is of considerable psychological and military
advantage to them; and (3) is likely to increase further during the coming year./5/
/5/Special National Intelligence
Estimate 57-67: Significance of Cambodia to the Vietnamese Communist War Effort. [Footnote in the source text; see
Based on the USIB study, an interdepartmental Study Group, representing State, OASD/ISA, the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, and CIA (with USIA participation on psychological operations) has been meeting since early February under Ambassador
Unger's chairmanship to consider what additional actions might be taken to deal with this problem. In particular, the Study
Group has examined in detail proposals submitted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff for an expansion of existing ground and aerial
intelligence collection activities, psychological operations, and immediate pursuit of VC/NVA forces on Cambodian soil.
considering the JCS proposals, the Study Group has worked from the premises that, for the present, our efforts to deal with
this problem should continue to be primarily in the political sphere and should be on a priority basis. Provocative actions
which would seriously prejudice the success of such efforts and threaten to expand the combat into Cambodia should be avoided.
However, those actions which are clearly required in terms of self-defense of our forces in South Vietnam should continue
to be authorized as necessary.
Although recognizing the limited capability of the Cambodians to control their frontiers,
the Study Group noted recent developments in Cambodia which seem to offer an improved prospect for getting the Cambodian Government
to take more effective action to reduce the advantage VC/NVA forces derive from use of Cambodian territory. The Study Group
supported a stepped up plan of political/diplomatic action aimed at getting Cambodian cooperation or acquiescence in dealing
with this problem and bringing about an improvement in US-Cambodian relations.
In view of the increased concern over VC/NVA activity in Cambodia and in order to obtain a clearer picture of the extent
of such activity and its effect upon military operations in South Vietnam, measures designed to expand air intelligence collection
programs and which carry tolerable political risks have been approved. An expanded leaflet operation to reach VC/NVA forces
in relatively sparsely populated border areas of Cambodia has also been approved and a psychological operations plan prepared
for use as authorized (Tab H). Other proposals involving actions by US forces on Cambodian territory, which would have been
difficult to conceal and involved high risk of further worsening our relations with Cambodia, have been deferred pending further
diplomatic efforts to reach some understanding with Cambodians which could lead to an improvement in the existing situation.
These proposals are covered in detail in Section V of the report.
The recommendations of the Study Group are as follows:
that the Study Group's initial report be adopted as the basis for actions concerning Cambodia taken by the respective agencies
involved, in particular Section IV (Political/Diplomatic Plan of Action) and Section V
A. (Approved Actions.)
that Daniel Boone-type operations in the border zone of Northeastern Cambodia be authorized on a case-by-case basis as described
in Tabs K and L./6/
/6/In JCS telegram 5937 to CINCPAC, May 22, the Joint Chiefs informed CINCPAC that Daniel Boone
cross-border operations for northeastern Cambodia were approved subject to certain restrictions: The area was limited; reconnaissance
teams were to total not more than 12 men (with no more than 3 U.S. advisers); tactical airstrikes and/or the commitment of
exploitation forces into Cambodia was not approved; infiltration and exfiltration would be by foot; mission time would be
kept to the minimum; all precautions should be taken to avoid contact with Cambodians; purpose of the operation was intelligence
and verification; no more than three missions could be undertaken at one time; missions required prior JCS approval with notification
of the Department of State; and the operations would not be acknowledged. (Department of Defense, JCS Official Records, 880/211
(22 May 67) IR 2278)6
(3) that those proposals in Section V A. that were partially implemented and those proposals
in Section V B. that were deferred in their entirety, at appropriate intervals be reviewed and considered for expansion or
(4) that the Study Group meet as necessary on an ad hoc basis where new developments call for consideration
of recommendations for specific actions going beyond the guidelines laid down in this report.
(5) that in any case
the Study Group reconvene for a comprehensive review of the situation after a three month period.
[Here follow section
II, "The Nature of the Problem," section III, "U.S. Policy, section IV, "Political/Diplomatic Plan of Action," section V,
"Proposals Considered by the Study Group and Action Taken," and Tabs A-M, and Annexes I and II.]
SEPT - JOHN is in CHERRY STILL - Here are the proposals and decisions on additional cross border operations - Daniel Boone
- and NO CHERRY - and NO AUTHORIZATION for Khmer Serei contact
This brings us to the URL for documents #207 - #215:
209. Action Memorandum From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs (Habib) to the Under
Secretary of State (Katzenbach)/1/
Washington, September 14, 1967.
/1/Source: Department of State,
Central Files, POL 27 CAMB. Top Secret. Drafted by Lacey and Perry on September 13.
Enemy use of Cambodia over the past year has continued to increase and has become a mounting source of frustration
to the US commitment in Viet-Nam. Since July, the Joint State/Defense/CIA Interagency Study Group on Cambodia has considered
a series of proposals aimed at alleviating the problem. The Southeast Asia Coordinating Committee (SEACOORD), meeting in Saigon
in August, drafted some recommendations which encompassed a new, tougher, overall approach to the Royal Cambodian Government
(RKG). CINCPAC also has offered a program which calls for a more intensive political and military offensive, as well as a
number of requests for enlarged military operations inside the Cambodian border.
The proposals prescribe actions intended
to impel a more forthcoming and cooperative response from Prince Sihanouk with respect to VC/NVA use of Cambodian territory.
They call for greater dissemination of information on enemy use of Cambodia, the initiation of a propaganda campaign, and
the expansion of reconnaissance missions across the Cambodian border. Running through these proposals is the assumption that
if political measures fail to resolve the problem, then more direct action might be required.
relations with Communist China have cooled markedly and there are definite indications of a Cambodian crackdown on internal
communist activity. Although we do not know all the whys- and-wherefores, these developments suggest that the politico-diplomatic
approach to the problem is still useful. It would be unwise, however, to conclude that more political pressures upon the Prince
by itself can force him to change his tune and to become more cooperative. Our leverage is still small.
And yet, the
time has come when the US should pursue its political and diplomatic approaches more systematically, more actively and more
We should do what we have been doing but more aggressively. We should present by official means the evidence
on which we base our deep concern--to the Cambodian Government, to the ICC, and to other selected addressees including the
Geneva Co-Chairmen. For too long we have left the explanation of the border problem to the distortions of Cambodian propagandists.
these actions will leak and will arouse some public stir, since Sihanouk can be expected to make a public rebuttal and countercharge.
And the Soviets might react similarly. But if our case is presented objectively, without accusations of Cambodian complicity,
Sihanouk might be persuaded to take some steps to protect his eroding claim of neutrality. He might, for example, be more
helpful to the ICC investigations, or modify his catechism of complaints before the UN. In seeking to make our case, however,
we should not dilute the credibility of our evidence (which is not the most convincing) by launching a propaganda campaign
as suggested by SEACOORD and CINCPAC.
As for future military operations, whether reconnaissance or direct action, the
pivotal consideration is the magnitude of threat to US objectives that derives from enemy use of Cambodia as sanctuary: does
the problem warrant direct action that would widen the war.
After reviewing the results of intensive intelligence collection
of the past six months, the sanctuary problem would not appear to have vital significance to the successful pursuit of our
overall objectives. In view of our desire to avoid expanding the war, and in the light of the non-critical nature of the Cambodian
sanctuary problem, no direct military action appears justifiable, either now or in the foreseeable future.
problem does, however, pose a threat to allied forces in the border area and we should agree to authorize the extension of
cross border reconnaissance patrols. This will provide our forces with the kind of tactical intelligence needed to defend
against possible attack from across the border; and it will help us to determine any significant changes in the importance
of the problem. Beyond this essentially defensive step, we can live with the situation at its present level.
approved all recommendations on September 16.
1. On past occasions we have informed the Cambodian Government, in notes
delivered by the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh of our concern over the violation of Cambodia's neutrality by the Viet Cong
and North Vietnamese armies. Also in notes to the Cambodian Government we have at various times expressed our willingness
to support ICC investigations of this situation. We have also informed the Cambodian Government of our readiness to meet any
place, any time to discuss this issue and to work out mutually acceptable ways of dealing with it. These official expressions
of our concern should be continued.
2. The USIB has noted two papers prepared on VC/NVA use of Cambodia as a safehaven
area for bases and infiltration. We should transmit the complete versions to Canada, Australia, Great Britain, and transmit
a sanitized version to Japan, India and other selected countries. Our intent is to make clear to other governments the basis
for our concern and hopefully to encourage their emissaries to express our concern to their diplomatic colleagues. To be effective
this course of action will require persistent follow-through. To this end instructions should be sent to our posts in Saigon,
Vientiane and Bangkok which place upon the SEACOORD Working Group the responsibility for prompt reporting of relevant and
timely evidence of VC/NVA use of Cambodia.
3. We have tried intermittently to communicate with the Cambodian Government
through third parties such as Japan and India. These efforts have not proven very fruitful and they do not look promising.
Nevertheless, we should renew the efforts and instruct our ambassadors in Tokyo, New Delhi, Singapore, etc. of our wish to
carry on this course of action.
4. The ICC investigations similarly have not proven useful and they will not become
so unless there is a radical change in the policy of the Indian and Polish Governments. Even so it is desirable that we continue
to put our version of the facts before this forum and establish that we have exhausted all possible avenues. Accordingly,
this particular exercise should be continued.
5. We have not up to now, made much use of the United Nations as a forum
of expressing the United States' case, believing it ill-advised to engage in a public dog-fight with Prince Sihanouk by attempting
to answer his charges, before the United Nations, of US/Viet-Nam aggressions against his territory. Even so we should anticipate
the day when the United States may be called upon to reply formally. Also we should anticipate the day when a White Paper
might be called for. To these ends the Department of State should undertake a special effort to compile the required documentation
in appropriate form.
6. Finally, I call your attention to a separate memorandum (Tab 2) regarding a proposed expansion
of reconnaissance activities in Cambodia./3/ In sum, it provides that military actions across the border exclude everything
except essential defensive measures presently authorized and certain additional reconnaissance missions inside Cambodia.
210. Action Memorandum From the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs (Habib)
to the Under Secretary of State (Katzenbach)/1/
Washington, September 14, 1967.
of State, Central Files, POL 27 CAMB. Top Secret. Drafted by Perry on September 13.
JCS Proposal to Extend
Daniel Boone Operations
Attached at Tab A is the draft authorization message for expanding Daniel Boone operations
inside Cambodia geographically, numerically, and mechanically./2/ The presently authorized area is in the extreme Northeast
(marked in red on map at Tabs B and C). The JCS recommend
1) an extension of the area in a 20 km swath along the border
to the Gulf of Siam; 2) an increase from 10 to 30 operations per month from the Lao border to Lo Go (marked in green on map
at Tab B); 3) additional operations on a case-by-case basis South of Lo Go (marked in black on map at Tab B); and 4) the use
of helicopters for insertion and extraction of the reconnaissance teams.
/2/Tabs A-C are attached, but not printed.
I agree in the need for increased reconnaissance along the Cambodian border, the attached proposal would, if accepted, almost
certainly expose our operations inside Cambodia and might result in direct combat between Cambodian forces and the US-led
Daniel Boone teams.
The use of helicopters multiplies the risk of detection several times. They are highly visible
and audible and would attract the attention of defenders, whether Cambodian or Communist Vietnamese. They are also vulnerable
to ground fire, and if shot down, would provide tangible proof of allied violation of Cambodian territory.
of exposure and combat with Cambodian forces is also greatly increased by operations in the area south of Route 13. From that
point, population density increases and the character of the population changes from predominantly nomadic Montagnard to predominantly
Cambodian farmer, who has been told to defend his home against allied "aggressors", and who in many cases has been provided
with the weapons to do so. This area also contains a greater number of
Cambodian military units.
approved both recommendations on September 16.
I recommend for the foregoing reasons that you approve the following guidelines
for Daniel Boone:
A. Use of helicopters is excluded from Daniel Boone operations except in emergency extractions and
in cases where it can be shown that their use is essential.
B. Daniel Boone operations up to a maximum of 30 a month
are limited to a 20 km belt from Route 13 to the Lao border (marked in blue on Tab
C), except in those cases where
an essential need for reconnaissance can be demonstrated.
211. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of Defense
for International Security Affairs (Warnke) to Secretary of Defense McNamara/1/
October 5, 1967.
/1/Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OASD/ISA Files, FRC 71 A 4919, Cambodia 000.1--1967
As result of recommendations by the Joint State/Defense/CIA
Study Group for Cambodia, CINCPAC was authorized on 22 May 1967 to conduct limited cross-border ground reconnaissance operations
into the northeast corner of Cambodia, using U.S.-South Vietnamese Special Forces teams (Daniel Boone). The specified area
of operations and other conditions for the initial Daniel Boone program are shown on the map at Tab A./2/ The map at Tab B/3/
shows a sampling of Daniel Boone operations June-September 1967. It illustrates that present restrictions result in Daniel
Boone operations having limited value for tactical or other intelligence purposes.
/2/Tab A was a map that delineated
a 20-kilometer deep zone of operations in a small area of the extreme northeast corner of Cambodia's border with Kontum province
of South Vietnam. Foot infiltration and exfiltration was allowed; helicopters could be used only for emergency exfiltration.
There could only be a maximum of ten missions a month and monthly schedules had to be submitted in advance for Washington-level
/3/Attached, but not printed.
Based on COMUSMACV and CINCPAC recommendations, the Joint Staff representative
on the Cambodia Study Group proposed expanding the area of operations to the full length of the SVN/Cambodian border and authorizing
the use of helicopters to infiltrate and exfiltrate the teams. This proposal was discussed by the Study Group and eventually
reduced to the modified program as shown at Tab C,/4/ which would have provided for use of helicopters for both introduction
and extraction of the teams in the northern part of the area of operations. The Department of State representative non-concurred
on the basis that such use would inevitably result in incidents and should be authorized by Washington on a case by case basis
and only under exceptional circumstances. The length of the area was also objected to on the basis of its extending too far
into areas of population density. State therefore proposed to use Route 13 as the dividing line between sub-areas. Mr. Katzenbach
supported this position.
/4/Tab C was a map that proposed that the border between Cambodia and South Vietnam be divided
into 2 zones. In the northern Alpha zone from the Lao border to Route 13 there could be up to 30 incursions in a 20-kilometer
deep area per month with infiltration and exfiltration by helicopters. Forty-eight-hour notice would be given to Washington.
In the southern Bravo zone from Route 13 along the rest of the Cambodia border, all operations had to be referred to Washington
on a case-by-case basis.
An alternative proposal developed by the Joint Staff to reduce the risk and at the same time
to permit needed operational flexibility is shown at Tab D./5/ It has also been rejected by the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific
Affairs, State. However, Mr. Katzenbach has not addressed this new proposal.
/5/Tab D was the "JCS/DOD minimum proposal,"
which covered the same two zones as in Tab C, but in Alpha zone only 5 of the 30 missions a month could use helicopters and
they would be limited to infiltration of only 10 kilometers. Forty-eight hours' notice would be required. Operations in Bravo
zone would be referred to Washington for approval.
In the memorandum at Tab E,/6/ the Acting Chairman, JCS, requests that
you take this matter up with the Secretary of State to seek his agreement on the alternative program.
September 28. Attached, but not printed.
I recommend that you endorse the concept of operations shown at Tab D and
that you instruct me to take up this proposal with Mr. Katzenbach./7/
/7/McNamara wrote the following note at the end
of the memorandum:
"10/6. Discuss with Nick [Katzenbach]--I lean to 'modified C' if Nick disagrees with D.R. McN."
The next set - John has been arrested - No mention of this - and CIA
in the end of recommendations - Helms says, I'll think about it - END OF 214 highlighted - It is obvious that CIA disbands
Cherry to avoid the inevitable finding out of what they are doing in light of above - It is becoming obvious that a change
in policy is coming about - ie more operations and in all of this - NO MODIFICATION of no contact with Khmer Serei -
Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Australia/1/
Washington, November 29, 1967, 0225Z.
Department of State, Central Files, POL 32-1 CAMB-VIET S. Secret; Priority; Exdis. Drafted by Bundy, cleared in substance
with Rostow at the White House, and approved by Rusk.
76054. 1. After careful consideration here, we are today requesting
GOA to transmit to Cambodian Government note and evidence set forth below concerning VC/NVA use of Cambodian territory. Transmission
of note would be accompanied by oral statement, as contained para 8 below, that USG would not make public this summary.
Intended purpose is to convey to RKG on confidential basis clear picture of massive evidence available to us on this subject.
We intend to position note and material in ICC and other capitals for possible later transmission depending on developments.
Septels will cover this in light of timing of actual transmission.
3. By agreement with GOA Embassy here, we and they
are suggesting that transmission be via Bangkok, to avoid excessive strain on GOA communications facilities to Phnom Penh.
Bangkok should therefore transfer note and supporting evidence to appropriate stationery and get in touch with GOA Embassy
there to put this in their hands. GOA Embassy Bangkok will in turn be receiving appropriate instructions from Canberra.
Exact timing of delivery not yet finally determined. We have today discussed factors that point in our minds to going ahead
soonest and have urged GOA in this direction. However, no final Canberra decision has yet been made.
5. Saigon should
hold this information to itself for time being. We anticipate instructing you to inform GVN at time of final delivery. However,
consistent with intended confidential basis, we believe you should consider how this can best be done to minimize danger of
GVN leak. Please give us your recommendations. We would be inclined to have you go personally to Thieu and/or Do stressing
that any hope for effectiveness depends in our judgment on preserving confidential basis. (FYI: We of course recognize that
Sihanouk may so act as to compel future publicity, but we will cross this bridge when we get to it. End FYI.) Needless to
say, this whole action should be restricted to tightest need-to-know circle, and all who are necessarily brought in should
be cautioned in strongest terms against any leak.
6. Canberra should immediately convey full contents this cable at
appropriate levels. GOA Embassy already has all elements of this message.
7. Following is text of note to be delivered
/2/Text also printed in American Foreign Policy: Current Documents, 1966, pp. 1039-1040.
"The United States has the honor to request the Embassy of Australia to deliver the following information to the Royal Cambodian
The United States has regretted the impairment of its relations with Cambodia. Despite differences, however,
the United States continues to respect the neutrality, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Cambodia.
particularly distressing problem dividing the United States and Cambodia arises out of incidents in the Cambodia-South Viet-Nam
border area. The United States wishes to emphasize that American forces operating in South Viet-Nam are engaged in conflict
with Viet Cong-North Vietnamese forces committing aggression against South Viet-Nam. The American forces have no hostile intentions
toward Cambodia or Cambodian territory. The root cause of incidents affecting Cambodian territory is the Viet Cong and North
Vietnamese presence in the frontier region, and their use of Cambodian territory in violation of the neutrality of Cambodia.
United States has offered to cooperate in seeking a solution to this problem. Following the suggestion of His Royal Highness
Prince Sihanouk for more effective action by the International Control Commission, made most notably in December of 1965,
the United States has consistently supported such action and has indicated its willingness to consider sympathetically any
request for specific assistance to this end.
At the time, the Royal Cambodian Government suggested that the International
Control Commission might undertake continuing and effective review of activities in the port of Sihanoukville, and it was
further suggested that the Commission might be expanded so that it could more effectively monitor the border areas between
Cambodia and South Viet-Nam.
In addition, the United States has supported an international conference on Cambodia,
and it has also suggested direct, informal talks with Cambodian officials in order to seek an alternative remedy.
United States is deeply concerned over the critical issue of Viet Cong-North Vietnamese use of Cambodian territory and it
wishes to emphasize once more its willingness to cooperate in any reasonable method of controlling this problem.
Royal Cambodian Government may not be aware of the extent of Viet Cong-North Vietnamese use of its territory, and the United
States therefore wishes to provide it with the attached summary of some of the evidence available. The documents and interrogations
from which this evidence has been compiled are fully available if desired. Additional evidence received in more recent periods
is being assessed, and may be presented to the Royal Cambodian Government at a later time.
The United States believes
that the Royal Cambodian Government will share its concern over Viet Cong-North Vietnamese use of neutral Cambodian territory.
It is in the spirit of assisting the Royal Cambodian Government in its efforts to prevent violations of its neutral territory
that this evidence is presented." [End text.]
8. Apart from transmitting the note, Deschamps will be instructed to
make the following oral statement on delivery to RKG:
"The United States Government has made clear to my Government
that the note and attached evidence that I am now presenting is being provided on a confidential basis to the Royal Cambodian
Government. This is in keeping with the spirit of the note as stated in its last paragraph.
Inevitably, the United
States Government will have to continue to respond to press questions by general statements that it has communicated with
the Royal Cambodian Government over a long period on this subject. Moreover, individual reports bearing on this matter may
continue to receive some publicity through circumstances often beyond the control of US authority. Nonetheless, the purpose
of the United States Government in presenting the full summary of the evidence to the Royal Cambodian Government is as stated
in the last paragraph of the note, and the United States Government does not intend to make public the summary of evidence
attached to the note."
[Here follows evidence cited in paragraph 1 above to be presented to the Cambodian Government
in conjunction with the note. The remaining portion of the cable totals 20 pages.]
From the Commander in Chief, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (Westmoreland) to the Joint Chiefs of Staff/1/
December 5, 1967, 0815Z.
/1/Source: Johnson Library, National Security File, Country File, Vietnam, 5E (1)a, 5/66-1/68,
Cambodia. Top Secret; Limdis; Exclusive for Wheeler. Repeated to Rusk, McNamara, and Sharp. This telegram was retyped in the
White House and used at a lunch-eon meeting on December 5; for a record of the meeting, see Document 214; and apparently referred
to at the meeting of 6:02 p.m. of December 5, see Document 216.
MAC J00 40588. 1. (TS) Admiral Sharp and I have discussed
the enemy situation in the tri-border area and he concurs that action as recommended below should be taken.
We are receiving increasing hard intelligence of enemy force concentrations in the Cambodian "peninsula" of the tri-border
area west of Dak To. Generally, the observed NVA presence encompasses all of the Cambodian peninsula north and east of YB6200.
We have firm indications that the 1st NVA Div HQ is now located at YB675110, with the 32d, 66th and 174th Regts dispersed
throughout the peninsula recovering from the severe beating given them over the past few weeks.
3. (TS) Reports state
that enemy units are not disposed in an alert or defensive posture; rather, they are utilizing their Cambodian sanctuary to
rest, regroup and reconstitute openly and unmolested. There is no evidence of heavy bunker construction, we believe that the
motorable road and bridges at YB736212 and YB736208 are of prime importance to the NVA in the movement of supplies out of
Base Area 609 into South Vietnam.
4. (TS) The situation as outlined above, presents a unique opportunity for pursuit
by fire. The area is remote; the border is ill-defined; there are no known civilians in the area or Cambodian presence; the
delivery of fire easily concealed from scrutiny; and more significantly, the enemy's dangerous activities fulfill all the
criteria for substantiating the hot pursuit concept. Strike Teams on Station will provide for observation of fire and reports
of enemy locations, reaction and subsequent movement.
5. (TS) Request earliest approval to attack this concentration
of enemy force by fire employing B-52 strikes for sustained period of at least 72 hours, high intensity TAC air strikes are
particularly urged since exposure of this action would be minimal, and this weapons system will provide maximum surprise and
shock effect. B-52 strikes only at night would be acceptable.
6. (TS) There are two aspects of this request which I
recognize as sensitive. First, the timing may be considered poor because of the efforts which we are right now making to confront
Sihanouk with evidence of NVA use of Cambodia. Secondly, B-52 strikes will leave a clear signature in Cambodian territory.
However, I feel strongly that the opportunity which exists is sufficiently important that it should be exploited now, and
if necessary explain our actions as hot pursuit by fire in an uninhabited area. The key point is to strike this concentration
expeditiously and with full force if we are to gain maximum advantage.
7. (U) Amb. Bunker has read this message and
214. Notes of Meeting/1/
Washington, December 5, 1967, 1:18-2:37 p.m.
Johnson Library, Tom Johnson's Notes of Meetings. No classification marking. The meeting was held in the living quarters of
the White House. Attending were President Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, McNamara, Rusk, Vance, Helms, Rostow, George Christian,
and Tom Johnson.
[Here follows discussion unrelated to Cambodia.]
Secretary McNamara said two cables came in from
General Westmoreland concerning possible campaigns in Laos and Cambodia./2/
/2/For the cable on Cambodia, see Document
General Wheeler said that there are 5,000 troops and supplies in the Tri-Border area. There are three regiments and
bridges which are important to the resupply of the enemy operating out of Cambodia. The first North Vietnamese division withdrew.
Its headquarters is a mile from the border and 15 miles from Dakto.
General Wheeler said the enemy is not to go in.
They are refitting and replenishing their manpower.
We propose the use of B-52s and tactical aircraft for 72 hours.
The B-52s could operate at night.
General Wheeler said that General Westmoreland discussed this operation with Ambassador
Bunker. Ambassador Bunker concurs.
General Wheeler pointed out that there is no question that all of this is in Cambodia.
have known for two years that these people have been there."
Secretary McNamara said this action raises very serious political
problems which outweigh the military gains. Secretary Rusk said he would draw a distinction between operations in Laos and
operations in Cambodia. He said he would also draw a distinction between full-scale operations and a raid.
Rusk said that if we hit the enemy in Cambodia and possibly kill Cambodian personnel, this may give them reasons to commit
their forces against us.
Secretary McNamara said that the President could veto a "stop the bombing" resolution in the
United Nations because of world and domestic reaction. The Secretary said the action against Cambodia would destroy us in
In addition, the Secretary said that the U.S. cannot run B-52s around the clock without public knowledge of
Dick Helms said he would like to look at this before making a recommendation. Secretary Rusk asked if U.S. forces
were going on with night and day raids against infiltration routes used by the regiment which is being brought into South
General Wheeler said yes, to the best of our ability. General Wheeler said the proposal was to use a South
Vietnamese Airborne Brigade in area 607 to destroy troops and ammunition. He said it is occupied by supply centers and troops.
He said the raid would take three days and would involve 1,500 to 1,600 South Vietnamese troops along with about 30 U.S. advisors.
McNamara said the Laos situation is different. He said the border is ill-defined. He said the chances of getting caught are
Secretary Rusk said there is not a fraction of as much a problem in Laos as there is in Cambodia.
McNamara said he recommended going ahead with the Laos operation. Secretary Rusk agreed.
The President approved.
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