My favorite indication of C.D. Jackson is in Eisenhower's speech October 8, 1952:
Our aim in cold war is not conquest of territory or subjugation by force. Our aim is more subtle, more pervasive, more complete. We are trying to get the world by peaceful means to believe the truth . That truth is that Americans want a world at peace, a world in which peoples shall have opportunity for maximum individual development.
The means we shall employ to spread this truth are often called 'psychological.' Don't be afraid of that term just because it's a five-dollar, five-syllable word. 'Psychological warfare' is the struggle for the minds and wills of men.
Many people think "psychological warfare" means just propaganda . . . But propaganda is not the most important part in this struggle.
The present Administration has never yet been able to grasp the full import of a psychological effort put forth on a national scale.
What would such a peace time or "cold war" national strategy mean? It would mean, in the first place, the selection of broad, national purposes and the designation within those purposes and the designation within those purposes of principles targets.
Then it would mean this: Every significant act of Government should be so timed and so directed at a principle target, and so related to other government actions, that it will produce the maximum effect. It means that our government in this critical matter will no longer be divided into air-tight compartments.
It means that, in carrying out a national policy, every department and every agency of government that can make a useful contribution will bring its full strength to bear under as co-ordinated program. We shall no longer have a Department of State that deals with foreign policy in an aloof cloister, a defense establishment that makes military appraisals in a vacuum; a Mutual Security Administration that, with sovereign independence, spends billions overseas. We must bring the dozens of agencies and bureaus into concerted action under an overall scheme of strategy ..."---
Here follows an account of a key event with the participation of Harriman and Bundy:
In August 1963, in an episode that still has not been entirely clarified, Kennedy’s subordinates in Washington took action during a weekend while the President was in Hyannis—and nearly every other senior administration figure was on vacation or away for the weekend—to launch a coup d’etat in Saigon.
Averell Harriman, assistant secretary of state for Far Eastern affairs, and two second-level figures, Roger Hilsman, who was to become Harriman’s successor, and one of Bundy’s young NSC staff, Michael Forrestal—all of them convinced that there had to be major change in Saigon—sent a cable to the Saigon embassy that said: U.S.Government cannot tolerate situation in which powerlies in Nhu’s hands. Diem must be given chance to rid himself of Nhu and his coterie and replace them with best military and political personalities available. If in spite of all your efforts, Diem remains obdurate and refuses, then we must face the possibility that Diem cannot be preserved.
Lodge was instructed to prepare the coup, and two disaffected and ambitious Vietnamese officers with whom the CIA was in touch were informed.
There was uproar in the White House when this action was discovered. It is not clear how much Kennedy was aware of such plans or what if anything he approved of. Harriman said, “the President himself had approved.” Bundy said afterward that “the misunderstanding had been between the president and Forrestal.”
Kennedy was in any case furious and told Lodge personally to guarantee Diem’s security. He told Forrestal that he was “not worth firing.” A great effort was made to quiet the rumors spreading in Saigon. Kennedy told his staff that his policy was to seek changes by Diem that would permit America to assume a “posture of strict aloofness and limited cooperation” with a reformed government in Saigon.
However, the process that had been set in motion proved irreversible. On November 1, Diem’s own generals gave their president an ultimatum. Diem telephoned Lodge, who denied American involvement, said that it was 4:30 AM in Washington, that the “U.S. government could not possibly have a view” on what was happening, and that if he could do anything “for your physical safety, please call me.”
Diem and his brother were taken away and shot, their bodies later found mangled and their hands bound. One of the rebel generals informed the CIA that the two had committed suicide.
In Washington, when Kennedy heard of their deaths, Maxwell Taylor said, he “leaped to his feet and rushed from the room with a look of shock and dismay.”
The Diem brothers were killed on November 2, 1963.
On November 22, President Kennedy was killed in Dallas. With these events, the three men who provided the principal obstacles to the Americanization of the war in Vietnam were removed.
Regarding that, we recall E. Howard Hunt confessing to Congress he'd willingly forged cable traffic in the matter. Oh how they love to blame Kennedy for killing Diem and Nhu.
Regarding Lansdale a practicioner of the devious in service to the crown, Prouty and Krulak see him in the Tramp photos. Is it real or is it Rorschach?
As for Morales, he blabbed he'd taken "care of that SOB" then developed a fatal abdominal malady subsequent to his rapid recall to DC.
Harvey died within a month of Roselli who may have told Jack Anderson "we sent Ruby to silence Oswald". At any rate Harvey may have at least contributed his successful special team concept, and was well-suited to wet work a la executive action, ZR RIFLE and all that.
Do you see Rip Robertson and Tracy Barnes in the Familiar Faces in Dealey Plaza?
Frankly in all this we should recall Donald Gibson pointing up Walt Rostow as one of the handful who provided the Commission concept and sold it to LBJ who presented it to Hoover.
Was Acheson or was Harriman party to the Rostow conversation?
Through the magic of compartmentalization facilitators pass instruction to lesser facilitators and somewhere down the line to mechanics.
This wasn't the first rodeo for these men and had they violated tradecraft it would have been the last.