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.

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.”

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.


Secretary of State Dean Rusk visited IU in 1967, and played a significant role in our actions in Vietnam. As you would expect, there were student protests against Rusk, BUT there were also student rallies FOR Rusk. The nation wasn’t all anti-war, at least not by this point in time. 

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“15 MILLION AMERICAN HOMOSEXUALS PROTEST TREATMENT BY STATE DEPT.,” Jack Nichols (March 16, 1938 - May 2, 2015), United States Department of State, Washington, D.C., August 28, 1965. Photo by Kay Tobin. On August 28, 1965, fifty-one years ago today, members of the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis staged another of the first major gay rights demonstrations in the United States, this time targeting the State Department. As with the previous protests in 1965–at the White House (April 17 & May 29), the United Nations (April 18), the Civil Service Commission (June 26), and Independence Hall (July 4)–the Mattachine Society circulated a press release announcing the picket; as opposed to the previous efforts, however, the State Department press release garnered significant attention. Specifically, during an August 27 news conference, reporters asked Secretary of State Dean Rusk about the upcoming demonstration; Rusk responded: “I understand that we are being picketed by a group of homosexuals. [Laughter]. The policy of the Department is that we do not employ homosexuals knowingly, and that if we discover homosexuals in our department we discharge them. [This] has to do with the fact that the Department of State is a department that is concerned with the security of the United States…This has to do with problems of blackmail and problems of personal instability and all sorts of things. So that I don’t think we can give any comfort to those who might be tempted to picket us tomorrow.” Due in large part to Secretary Rusk’s statement, the August 28 protest was, in terms of press coverage, the most successful to date. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #QueerHistoryMatters #HavePrideInHistory (at U.S. Department of State)

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