Referring to the Johns Hopkins speech as unconditional discussions. What did unconditional discussions mean and we think that if the congress had accepted that, the (cough) the continuing commitment uh, of additional troops would have gone on.
The ah, phrase unconditional discussions ah, was ah, ah the President's own choice as to what he would say about ah, the process of communication or negotiation in the Johns Hopkins speech ah, early on in April. It was, of course, not accepted and a very interesting question does arise as to what ah, ah the administration would have done, the Americans would have done, if there had been ah, an agreement of some sort to talk between ah, Hanoi and, and Washington.
I don't think it's easy to say just how President Johnson would have handled ah that situation. I think he would have ah intended that they should be genuinely unconditional and that they should not interrupt any of the actions ah, which, in his view, became necessary later in the spring and early in the summer, unless indeed, the level of action by the ah, North Vietnamese had gone down so that those actions could be not taken or put off. So, that ah, well always have to guess what ah, would have happened if ah, that offer or invitation had not been ah, peremptorily rejected.