The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 90, July 1986 - April, 1987 Page: 186
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aliens, drug smuggling, differences over the disposal of Mexican oil
and gas, and internal Mexican affairs clouded the relationship.
Indeed, the high-water mark in U.S.-Mexican relations was reached
during the Johnson presidency, for succeeding U.S. presidents have
never achieved the personal association with their Mexican counter-
parts that LBJ did. Richard M. Nixon manifested his insensitivity to-
ward our southern neighbor in September, 1969, by ordering Opera-
tion Intercept (a careful search of returning vehicles from Mexico for
narcotics), although he never gave an inkling to Diaz Ordaz in their
only meeting a few weeks before that he intended to take such a drastic
step. The order caused Diaz Ordaz to state publicly that "a wall of sus-
picion" had been erected between the two countries.69 Jimmie Carter
never achieved the understanding with President Jose L6pez Portillo
that LBJ had with Diaz Ordaz, and President Ronald Reagan, also from
a border state, has shown little inclination to give the LBJ touch to
The warmth of President Johnson's feeling toward Mexico and Presi-
dent Diaz Ordaz and the reciprocity shown by the latter toward LBJ
and the United States exemplify John D. Rockefeller's view that "a
friendship founded on business is a good deal better than a business
founded on friendship."70 Their business was to keep U.S.-Mexican
affairs on as friendly and mutually beneficial a level as possible. In
achieving this goal the personal diplomacy of Lyndon Johnson played a
69 Undated note from Henry Dearborn to author, c. Oct. 26, 1983.
70Jacob M. Braude, Speaker's Encyclopedia of Stories, Quotations and Anecdotes (N.Y., 1955), 156.
Lyndon Baines Johnson
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