L October · 16, 1973
STATEMENT OF SENATOR MIKE MANSFIELD (D., MONTANA)
1. My feeling is that we should operate on a policy that tries to achieve a
balance of sorts in the Middle East.
2. Insofar as the shipment of u.s . arms is concerned, it must be said that
Secretary Kissinger first tried to find a diplomatic solution based on no
arms shipments to either side . Finding that impossible because of continuing
and increased Soviet shipments to Syria and Egypt on Sunday last, nine days .
after the war started, he announced that the u. s. would replenish the losses
of Israel in certain categories . This was done, in my opinion, to achieve a
semblance of an arms balance in the area.
3· I do not believe that we should become involved with American forces anywhere
except as our mtional interests and security are at vital stake. One Vietnam
'is one Vietnam too many .
4. The United States and the Soviet Union, the two major outside powers, obviously
~ have been unable to prevent the conflict or to bring about its termination.
In view of the increasingly dangerous situation which has been developing,
therefore, I would suggest that the President of the United states issue an
urgent invitation to Chairman Brezhnev of the U.s.s.R., President Pompidou
of France, Prime Minister Heath of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Willy
Brandt of West Germany and Prime Minister Tanaka of Japan for an immediate
Summit Conference for the purpose of bringing about a cease fire and using
their collective efforts towards the Middle East to have the parties enter
into negotiations as expeditiously as possible .
If a summit cannot be accomplished expeditiously, then I would suggest as an
alternative th~t the Foreign Ministers of the countries mentioned convene in
conference at a mutually convenient place and as rapidly as possible .
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 49, Folder 21, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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