The situation in Indo-China is very bad. The French do not seem to be
handling the situation very well. We are doing all we can to assist the
French troops in the area.
McArthur [MacArthur] described the Indo-China situation as "puzzling."
Mach [Moch] the French Minister of Defense is reported to have said that Marshall
has OKayed American troops for Indo-China. There has been no such
commitment and there are no plans for American participation at this time.
Has been thinking of calling Congress back on November 14th instead of the
27th as now scheduled. Wants action on statehood bills - supplemental for
Korean rehabilitation - anti-Communist bill - universal training -
Selective Service - tax program - among others which the Congress will have
more time to act on if given two more weeks to debate .... in this session.
Special session should be called upon to provide funds for Yugoslav drought
which is very serious and could well result in losing the friendship of
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