Partial Transcript: Dick [Richard Charles Albert] Holbrooke's role up on my dad's floor that final year, or the last two years...
Segment Synopsis: Katzenbach chronicles the rotation of junior foreign service officers and talks about Richard Holbrooke's lack of access to Dean Rusk.
Keywords: Department of State; assistants; staff
Partial Transcript: You mentioned earlier about the morale of the foreign service.
Segment Synopsis: Katzenbach discusses State Department officials including Bill Bundy, Walt Rostow, and Eugene Rostow, explaining what views they held about Vietnam and the Gulf of Aqapa incident. Katzenbach recalls minimizing a crisis by filling in for Dean Rusk as America's foreign policy spokesperson.
Keywords: Damascus; Israel; Middle East; Syria; advisers
Partial Transcript: My dad locked himself into a pretty tight position on the war.
Segment Synopsis: Katzenbach considers whether the escalating death toll in Vietnam increased Dean Rusk's commitment to the war. He also mentions how WWII framed America's view of war. Katzenbach discusses how Rusk and McNamara were affected by their jobs. He claims that McNamara had the personality of a dove but acted like a hawk in order to support the president's policy goals.
Keywords: Henry Kissinger; military; war
Partial Transcript: Were your doubts that substantial- your opposition that substantial, say by '67 or '68?
Segment Synopsis: Katzenbach discusses why senior advisers who opposed the Vietnam War did not dissent publicly, and he attributes their loyalty as a result of the political appointment system. He also talks about Dean Rusk and McNamara's influence on presidents Kennedy and Johnson.
Keywords: advisers; cabinet; political systems; presidential democracy