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Korea Temps - 1950-1953 - Station 143 (Daegu)


February 21, 1950 (Tuesday)




The CIA's Daily Summary for today addresses USSR's pressure in Europe and South East Asia. The US Ambassador Herschel Johnson in Rio de Janeiro reports that the Brazilian Minister in Vienna has been informed by Austrian Foreign Minister Karl Gruber that he is "absolutely sure" the Soviet command in Vienna began about twenty days ago military preparations which indicate the USSR is planning large scale military action.

While the CIA discounted the assertions as improbable, they still said,(just in case the improbable occurs):

that the preponderance of Soviet military strength in Europe and stringent security measures in the Soviet sphere provide the USSR with the capabilities for initiating military operations with little or no advance information becoming available to the Western Powers

Turning to South East Asia they reported that:

US Ambassador Kirk in Moscow suggests that the recently concluded Sino-Soviet treaty prepares the way for these two principal partners in World Communism to assume in the near future "militant initiative in Southeast Asia to a maximum degree short of open war." The Ambassador believes that Stalin and Mao probably estimate that Communist expansion in Southeast Asia in the near future is both militarily and politically feasible. Kirk considers Burma and Indochina to be the prime targets in Southeast Asia because their inclusion in the Communist sphere would advance Communist forces toward the goal of world domination and because these countries, plus Thailand, would pro-vide China with a solution to-its food problem.

To this estimate the CIA agreed, but did not suggest any time line when it to occcur. [note]

Notes for Tuesday February 21, 1950





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