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Conversation: 020-041

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Start Date: 2-Feb-1972 8:00 PM

End Date: 2-Feb-1972 8:09 PM


Nixon, Richard M. (President)White House operatorRogers, William P.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 01:21:24

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 01:30:21


NARA Description:

On February 2, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon, White House operator, and William P. Rogers talked on the telephone from 8:00 pm to 8:09 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 020-041 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 20-41

Date: February 2, 1972
Time: 8:00 pm - 8:09 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The White House operator talked with the President.

     Call from William P. Rogers

Rogers talked with the President.

     International club reception

     Irish problem
           -Irish Foreign Minister visit
           -British Ambassador visit
           -Political impact
                 -Edward M. Kennedy interest
           -Rogers’s view of discussions
                       -Rogers’s conversation with George R.S. Baring [Earl of Cromer]
                 -Political interest
                       -James L. Buckley
                 -Cromer's view
           -President’s discussion with Edward R.G. Heath
                 -US role
           -US aid to solution
           -Embassy burning
           -Guilt of parties
           -Change in US role
                 -Irish government concern
                       -John M. (“Jack”) Lynch visit
                              -Rogers’s view
                              -The President’s schedule
                                    -President’s trip to People’s Republic of China [PRC]
                       -Pressure on British
                              -Rogers’s view
           -Rogers’s forthcoming press conference


                                 Tape Subject Log
                                   (rev. 10/06)

           -Edmund Muskie speech
                 -Effect on Vietnam negotiations
           -Difficulty of Irish problem
                 -Efforts at resolution
     -Encouragement to private citizens
           -Norman Vincent Peale
           -William F. (“Billy”) Graham
           -Terence Cardinal Cooke
                 -Lack of identification with US
           -Cook and Peale effort
           -Great Britain
           -US concern
     -Rogers’s forthcoming talk with Cromer
           -US domestic forces
     -Rogers’s telegram from Sir Alexander F. (“Alec”) Douglas-Home
           -View of US role
                 -Aid on problem
                       -“Good offices”
     -British handling of Ireland
           -Historical record
     -Irish agitation
                 -Irish Republican Army [IRA]
                       -Czechoslovakian weapons

National Security Council [NSC] meeting
     -Rogers’s opinion
           -Pressure for all options
                 -Thomas H. Moorer
                 -Melvin R. Laird
           -Increase in forces
                 -Carriers, B-52’s, A-1’s, F-4’s
                             -PRC trip
                                   -North Vietnam


                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. 10/06)

                                            -South Vietnam
                           -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew view