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Conversation: 020-037

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Start Date: Thursday, February 3, 1972 12:43 AM

End Date: Thursday, February 3, 1972 12:52 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kissinger, Henry A.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:12:30

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:20:59

020-037.mp3

NARA Description:

On February 2, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger talked on the telephone from 7:43 pm to 7:52 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 020-037 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 20-37

Date: February 2, 1972
Time: 7:43 pm - 7:52 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger.

     Irish situation
           -Embassy burning
                  -Dublin
           -History of conflict
                  -Great Britain
           -Settlement prospects
           -Irish-American supporters

     Edmund S. Muskie speech
         -Ronald L. Ziegler rebuttal
         -Melvin R. Laird
              -Conversation with Laird
                    -Laird’s forthcoming statement
         -North Vietnamese
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                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                               Tape Subject Log
                                 (rev. 10/06)



     -Impact of Muskie speech
           -Media reaction
     -Congressional rebuttals
     -William P. Rogers
           -Patrick J. Buchanan
                 -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman’s conversation with Kissinger
           -State Department role
     -Need for sharp rebuttal
           -Haldeman
           -Ziegler
           -Buchanan rebuttal
                 -President’s role
                       -Eight Points
           -Support for President
                 -Michael J. Mansfield Amendment
     -Kissinger’s critique

Kissinger briefing
     -Timing
     -Mansfield
           -Andrei A. Gromyko
           -Chou En-lai
           -Mansfield amendment

Kenneth B. Keating and Ellsworth F. Bunker meeting
    -Kissinger talk with Keating
          -Updating of situation
                -Kissinger’s possible talk with Lakshmi Kant Jha
                      -Backchannel or letter
          -Testifying by Keating before Foreign Relations Committee
                -State Department
                -Jack N. Anderson papers
                      -US relations with India
    -Charles Nelson aid

Contingency plan for Vietnam
     -National Security Council [NSC] meeting
     -Adm. Thomas H. Moore
          -Briefing
                 -Muskie
     -Laird role
     -Need for toughness
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                      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                  Tape Subject Log
                                    (rev. 10/06)



     -Military effort
           -Bombing
                 -Extent
                       -North Vietnam
                 -Military augmentation
                       -Sorties
                       -Timing
                             -Carriers
                             -B-52’s
                             -A-1’s
                             -F-4’s
                 -Strategy
                       -South Vietnam
           -Beginning of North Vietnamese offensive
                 -US response
           -Bunker view
           -South Vietnamese strength
                 -Lam Son
           -Battlefield prospects
                 -Effect on negotiations
           -Timing
           -Senate

Public relations
     -The President’s talks with Dr. W. Kenneth Riland
            -India-Pakistan War
            -Anderson papers
     -Foreign relations committee
            -Keating testifying
                  -Protection of White House
                        -Keating’s forthcoming talk with president
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                          NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)