December 21, 1966. 7:09 PM. LBJ is exasperated after spending the day with the Democratic state governors at the Ranch. LBJ tells Dean Rusk (starts at about 2:00) that they were “all rambunctious… rather insulting and so was I, so we didn’t do very well.”

Their complaints are about domestic issues, poverty programs, civil rights and patronage, LBJ says. Rusk then reports on questions he received at his press conference, on anti-ballistic missiles, Vietnam, and Food for India program

LBJ Presidential Library photo #W526-3


Does there exist any old Korean map which depicted Takeshima/Dokdo? (by GloriousJapanForever)

This territorial dispute between Japan and South Korea over Takeshima(Dokdo) is quite simple.

1. There is no historical fact that Korea had ever exercised any “effective control” over the islets prior to 1905.
2. Japan officially incorporated the islets in 1905 strictly following the procedures prescribed in the International law.
3. After the WW2, the Allies determined that Takeshima/Dokdo should remain as Japanese territory in the San Francisco Peace Treaty in 1951.
4. Though the South Korean government had been informed of the determination by the U.S. government in those diplomatic documents like “Rusk documents”, they ignored this international determination and started occupying the islets illegally from 1952.

Korea killed over 50 Japanese people back in ’50s when they took over the island belonged to Japan for long time. Korea escapes from a dispute at the international UN court over the teritorial conflict since they know Korea shall be lost.

Taking a break from the strain of the Cuban Missile Crisis®, President Kennedy enjoys an anniversary reprinting of Baby Gruenwald’s best-selling real-life drama “100 Best Studio Backlot Fires of 1947.”

Recalling a trip to India and Pakistan with her sister, Lee Radziwill, in 1962, Mrs. Kennedy says she was so appalled by what she considered to be the gaucherie of the newly appointed United States ambassador to Pakistan, Walter McConaughy, that before even completing her descent from the Khyber Pass, she wrote a letter to her husband alerting him to “what a hopeless ambassador McConaughy was for Pakistan, and all the reasons and all the things I thought the ambassador should be.”

She even named possible replacements.

“And Jack was so impressed by that letter,” she tells Mr. Schlesinger, that he showed it to Dean Rusk, the secretary of state (whom Mrs. Kennedy disparages as apathetic and indecisive). According to her account, Mr. Kennedy said to Mr. Rusk, “This is the kind of letter I should be getting from the inspectors of embassies.”


"Unless this conflict can be eased, the United States will continue to find some of her most loyal and courageous young people choosing to go to jail rather than to bear their country’s arms, while countless others condone or even utilize techniques for evading their legal obligations."

A publication of the letter sent by Robert Powell, President of the Student Body of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill to President Johnson. The letter was written at the behest of student activists and leaders across the nation, and was responded to by the Secretary of State, Dean Rusk.

United States. Department of State. (1967). Dear Student Leaders: An Exchange of Correspondence on Viet-Nam. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.

JFK’s & LBJ’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the mid 60′s when Frances President Charles De Gaulle decided to pull out of NATO.  De Gaulle said he wanted all US Military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded “Does that include those who are buried here?”

Photo - US cemetery in Normandy, France where 10,000 Americans are buried.

Shapes Of Things - October 27, 1963

Shapes Of Things – October 27, 1963

A glimpse of things to come.

Click on the link here for Audio Player- ABC Radio – Voices In The Headlines – October 27, 1963 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

October 27th signaled the end of an ominous week in 1963.

Vietnam was frequently taking center stage, more so this week than most others so far. The government of Ngo Dinh Diemwas cracking down on protests, which had taken a sudden and…

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It’s the 51st anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1962, President Kennedy had received photographs from U-2 spy planes over Cuba that showed the Soviet Union installing nuclear missiles and launch sites. He went on the air on October 22 and told the nation that Cuba would be placed under what he called a naval “quarantine” until the Soviets removed them. He also said that he would regard a Soviet nuclear attack on any Western nation as an attack on the U.S., and would retaliate. Two hours earlier, Secretary of State Dean Rusk gave the text of Kennedy’s speech to Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, and he said Dobrynin, who had never been told of the missile deployment, “aged 10 years right in front of my eyes.” One-eighth of the nation’s B-52s went in the air that night, ready to strike, and for a few days the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Then, on October 28, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev withdrew the missiles.