More Vietnams? LBJ asks Gen. Maxwell Taylor to "make appropriate recommendations to cope with future situations similar to that in South Vietnam"

    Lyndon B. Johnson Typed Letter Signed "Lyndon B. Johnson" as President, one page, 7" x 10.25". The White House, Washington, September 1, 1965. To General Maxwell D. Taylor, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1962-1964) and Ambassador to South Vietnam until July 30, 1965. In full "Upon the termination of your assignment to the Department of State about September 14, 1965, I would like you to serve me as a part-time consultant with an office in the Executive Office Building. In this capacity I expect to assign you from time to time specific tasks in fields of activity related to your past experience. Although the requirements of this position in terms of time must be developed by experience, I understand that you are prepared to give up to half of your time to this assignment. From the outset, I should like you to keep abreast of the situation in South Vietnam and be prepared to participate in this field as I may direct. As a second immediate task, I would like you to review all governmental activities in the field of counterinsurgency (i.e., the resistance to 'wars of liberation') and make appropriate recommendations to assure our readiness to cope with future situations similar to that in South Vietnam. In the discharge of this and similar tasks, you are authorized to call on any governmental department or agency for the temporary assignment of personnel to assist you and for such information as may be necessary to execute your responsibilities." General Taylor served as a special consultant to President Johnson from 1965 until 1969. Fine condition. From the family of General Maxwell D. Taylor.

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