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Cabinet Meeting Minutes, January 4, 1952. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.
CABINET MEETING, JANUARY 4, 1952
Sawyer - Absent
Briefed Cabinet on Korea.
Winston Churchill will arrive New York Quarantine 9:00 AM tomorrow.
Meetings to be held with President on 5th - 7th - 8th of January. There
has been a meeting in Paris of 6 Western Europe countries. It has been in
some ways successful. The interesting points of the meeting were the
cooperation of Germany, France and Italy. Adenauer the German
representative was the leader and spark plug of the meeting. Warned
Western Europe that unless Germany is not given a treaty in 1952 we will
lose Germany to Soviet influence. Discussion was held as to whether there
will be national armies or whether there will be a single army for Western
Europe under NATO. National armies would require greater overhead -
individual war offices and duplication of equipment and staff. Same
question arose as to military budget for Western Europe - with same
arguments pro and con as to who will be in control. It was argued that a
Council should be set up consisting of members from each country. This
presents a problem as an Administrative Council of 6 members would be
handicapped in making decisions with possible 6 different points of view.
The proposed re-organization of Internal Revenue Bureau has been well
received. If Congress approves believes that it will affect savings and
At President' s direction have cut Defense budget request 11 billion
dollars. Thinks President's view should be considered as right and proper.
Services had asked too much and should have been cut down as their
requests were unreal.
Asked if Defense is making plans to keep aircraft production more current
after the present production is achieved. This was made apparent when it
was brought out that it takes 36 months to build a big bomber.
Plans are now existing to try to level production after present build-up is
accomplished. One of the greatest mistakes we could make would be one
hundred per cent ready for war - our production must be kept in a fluid
If we strive for too quick a military build up we will wreck our economy
and thereby Russia would win the cold war.
It is vital right now to sell this argument to the Congress and the people.
There have been vicious attacks on 3 Cabinet officers. 1st Treasury, 2nd
State and now Atty Gen. Wants Cabinet to know that McGrath is staying as
long as he wishes.
Thanked President for his confidence.
We are facing serious problem in next year if we do not increase feed grain
production. Unless we do we are going to have to cut livestock production.
Food grains are also down. We are driving to get more production. The
answer is more efficient farming and more fertilization to increase yield
per acre. It is apparent now that the world's food supply is not keeping
up with world's population.
Our Point 4 Program is the only answer to this problem.
Fertilizer production should be placed on strategic material basis if we
are going to get production needed.
Is making study of fertilizer production with view to increase in national
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