the coup and before the incursion, or after the incursion, also, there
were many requests made to me to be forwarded to Washington by General
Lon Nol, Prince Sirik Matak, for
aid from the United States, mainly aid in weapons and that kind of
thing. Not troops, or American presence.
These I used to forward regularly, however, sometimes they were really
exaggerated and on one of these occasions, I'd been given what we used
to term as a shopping list, which was really quite incredible. So I told
General Marshall, uh, Lon Nol
as he was then, that this was really out of line and that he should not
count on American aid to any great extent. We would not give him tanks
and gets and that kind of thing.
would give him what we thought would be necessary and he could use to
defend himself, and I suggested in my own that perhaps he and his troops
should think of guerrilla warfare, such as the Vietnamese had used
against us in Vietnam rather than try pitch battles on battalion or
seemed to accept this perfectly well, but when I reported this to
Washington and explained to them what I had said to him, within a few
days uh General Haig
arrived as a personal emissary of President Nixon and uh saw General Lon Nol. But without uh my being present.
told me that I was forbidden to go with him which frankly surprised me
and rather annoyed me because after all I was chargé and supposedly the
president’s personal representative.
a result of that interview of which I never was given a report or never
told what happened, I have always suspected that General Haig gave certain
assurances to General Lon Nol
from the president which while not being specific perhaps nevertheless
encouraged him in his never-failing belief that come the crunch, the US
would send the Marines