By Jonathan Colman

ISBN-10: 0719070104

ISBN-13: 9780719070105

Drawing upon an in depth diversity of resources from either side of the Atlantic, this booklet presents the 1st full-length research of the debatable courting among Harold Wilson and Lyndon B. Johnson. whereas Wilson was once an organization supporter of the assumption of a "special dating" among Britain and the U.S. and desired to use his dealings with the White residence to reinforce his credentials as a global statesman, Johnson held the British chief in low esteem and disdained the belief of a "special" Anglo-American courting. problems stemming from the Vietnam battle, British monetary weak spot and the UK's abrogation of its international strength prestige exacerbated the tension among Wilson and Johnson, resulting in what used to be essentially the most stricken of all of the relationships among British top ministers and American presidents.

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65 Johnson supported these pragmatic ideas about the MLF more than he did the views of ideologues such as Ball and Rostow. 66 The President’s political savvy and experience gave him other reasons to question the wisdom of the scheme. On Sunday 6 December, when Wilson was already settled at the British Embassy in Washington, there was a rambling meeting about Wilson and the MLF attended by the President, Ball, McNamara, Rusk, Bundy and Bruce. Ball argued that if the President failed to ‘push Wilson hard, this would be a great surprise … after what the President’s emissaries had said in London’ (Ball was clearly thinking of his own representations to Wilson).

66 The President’s political savvy and experience gave him other reasons to question the wisdom of the scheme. On Sunday 6 December, when Wilson was already settled at the British Embassy in Washington, there was a rambling meeting about Wilson and the MLF attended by the President, Ball, McNamara, Rusk, Bundy and Bruce. Ball argued that if the President failed to ‘push Wilson hard, this would be a great surprise … after what the President’s emissaries had said in London’ (Ball was clearly thinking of his own representations to Wilson).

41 Ziegler suggests that as well as concerns about American reactions Wilson was reluctant to devalue sterling because of ‘pride in his own reputation, fears as to the effect it might have on the Labour Party, doubts whether it was needed or would be efficacious’. Philip Ziegler, Wilson: The Authorised Biography of Lord Wilson of Rievaulx (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1993), pp. 253–4. See also Ben Pimlott, Harold Wilson (London: Harper Collins, 1992), p. 412. 42 LBJL, NSF: Name File, Box 7, Neustadt Memos, ‘Round-up on Trip to England’, 9 August 1965.

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