Foreign Relations: Hot-Line Diplomacy


Through the dawn and early morning hours, Lyndon Johnson pored over cables on the Arab-Israeli war in his White House bedroom. After two weeks in which the President had bent every effort to avert hostilities, the overwhelming peril was that the U.S. and Russia would now be sucked into a direct confrontation that neither superpower wanted. Around 8 a.m., Monday, the President's bedside phone brought some electrifying and potentially ominous news. Walt W. Rostow, the President's national security adviser, was calling to report that the "hot line" was being activated from...

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