Military Crisis Management: U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Republic, 1965

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6
Military and Diplomatic Coordination (30 April-5 May)

American military and diplomatic activity continued simultaneously during the Dominican action. Use of both military and diplomatic means to further American foreign policy goals in the Dominican Republic placed heavy demands on coordination of the activities of military and embassy personnel. Lack of this coordination showed in John Bartlow Martin's cease-fire arrangements with the rebels on 1 May, which had not been properly coordinated with the military. American military and diplomatic officials, however, cooperated on the establishment of the corridor between the separated enclaves of U.S. troops. The complexity of the Dominican situation highlighted the necessity for tight command and control of military and diplomatic actions, an awareness of their interrelationship, and an understanding by the military of the importance of restrictions on military action in a political situation.

Late Thursday evening, 29 April, after the president had decided to increase the size of American forces in the Dominican Republic, the council of the OAS met to discuss the Dominican situation. The meeting carried over to early Friday morning when the council passed a resolution asking for a cease-fire and the immediate establishment of an international security zone. The United States had called for the meeting and fully supported the resolution. Washington officials now turned their attention to the deployment of American troops in Santo Domingo and the establishment of contact with the rebel faction. 1

The White House also established an informal channel of communications with Juan Bosch through Chancellor Jaime Benitez of the University of Puerto Rico, a friend of Bosch, and Abe Fortas, an adviser of President Johnson. In addition, Washington officials began consultations with former President Romulo Betancourt of Venezuela, former Governor Luis Muñoz Marin of Puerto Rico, both of whom were in the United States when the Dominican revolt began, and former President Josñ Figueres of Costa Rica. They also contacted

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