In the wake of French President Charles de Gaulle’s January 14, 1963, press conference in which he vetoed British entry into the Common Market and ruled out French participation in a NATO multilateral force, former Secretary of State Dean Acheson wrote President Kennedy a memorandum outlining his views.
Date: January 31, 1963
Author: Dean Acheson
Title: Reflections on the January Debacle
Archival Source: "State Department and White House Advisor" folder, Box 83, Dean Acheson Papers, Harry S. Truman Library
Acheson had also engaged the topic publicly, notably with a widely read article in Foreign Affairs.