[We have just sent the following telegram to President Johnson, Secretary of State Rusk, and Ambassador Stevenson]

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
August 13, 1964
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
1 page
Type: Mailing
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
The telegram opposes the unilateral decision to send U.S. Army and Air Force personnel to Congo, expanding U.S. involvement in an African struggle. If U.S. troops are fired upon defending transport planes, they inevitably are involved in shooting war. The U.S. cannot afford a new Vietnam in Africa. The U.S. should press for a solution to Congo crisis within OAU and United Nations. In the mailing, George Houser has recently spent six weeks in Africa when he met with Kenneth Kaunda, Prime Minister of Northern Rhodesia, and others. He heard dismay about the events bringing Tshombe into power in the Congo. Nothing could more damage American prestige in Africa than sending even a small military contingent to try to bolster Tshombe's regime. The mailing asks people to urge the President to withdraw U.S. military personnel.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections