Following is an excerpt from a transcript of an "Executive Committee" meeting Oct. 16, 1962, on the Cuban missile crisis. At the session that began at 11:50 a.m., President Kennedy asked about preparations for an invasion of Cuba:
[Gen. Maxwell D.] Taylor: It would take place after the air strike.
[Secretary of Defense Robert S.] McNamara: We, we, we have been moving already, on a very quiet basis, munitions and POL. We will have by the 20th, which is Friday, I guess, we will have stocks of munitions, stocks of POL prepositioned in the southeast part of this country. So that kind of movement is beginning . . .
President Kennedy: What's POL?
McNamara: Petroleum, oil, lubricants. So that kind of movement has already been taking place and it's been possible to do it quietly.
Kennedy: What about armor and so on? What about all the . . .
McNamara: [Response deleted]
Taylor: I think our point of view may change somewhat because of an adjustment here. The decision would take out only the known missile sites and not the airfields. There is a great danger of, of equipment dispersal of all the, the interesting aircraft. Uh, you'd be in surprise, there's [words unintelligible].
Speaker ?: [Words unintelligble]
Taylor: Missiles can't run off quite, quite as readily.
Kennedy: The advant-, what is . . . the advantage of taking out these airplanes would be to protect us against a reprisal . . .
Kennedy: . . . .by them. I would think you'd have to pre-, assume they'd be using, uh, iron bombs and not nuclear weapons because obviously why would the Soviets permit nuclear war to begin under that sort of half-assed way?