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On 5 June 1967 at 747 AMthe President of the United States Lyndon Baines Johnson wassummonedto the White House situation room to answer a callAwaiting a response on the other end of the line is the worlds other super power during the height of the cold war the Soviet Union The call awaiting Johnson is utilizing a communication system which had lain dormant since its implementation four years previously Known only as the hotline it is not simply a red phone as commonly depicted in American movies but more so a telegraph that links the White House with the Kremlin Its first message is curt and to the point however it serves as the foundation for the most fragile and critical diplomatic maneuveringrequired of Johnson during his presidencyThe president was not completely unprepared for the events that would transpire that day At 430 AMhe had been awakened by a telephone call from Walter Rostowadvising Johnson that war had broken out between Israel and Arab nations which were politically supported by the United States and the Soviet Union respectivelySubsequent to the initial wake-up call the president had been on a number of calls with both Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and Secretary of State Dean Rusk It was evident after days of analysis and discussiona face-to-face discussion within dayswas necessary between Johnson and the SovietsFor more than two weeks the two countries deliberated and negotiated a promising summit to deliberate the situation in the Middle East On 22 June 1967 President Johnson announced that a summit would take place in Glassboro New Jersey the following dayThe fifthpost-World War II United States - Soviet Summit must be examined on varying forms of political merit pragmatic realization and public relation accomplishment In regards to the pragmatic progress of this conference it is viewed as a failure Markedly there was an absence of substantive agreements made treaties signed or conclusions reached on the subjects discussed Nonetheless with no measureableaccomplishments
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