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Start Date: Sunday, December 17, 1972 3:49 PM
End Date: Sunday, December 17, 1972 4:11 PM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Kissinger, Henry A.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On December 17, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger talked on the telephone from 10:49 am to 11:11 am. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 034-114 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 34-114 Date: December 17, 1972 Time: 10:49 am - 11:11 am Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger. Alice Roosevelt Longworth dinner -Guest list -Kissinger -Joseph W. Alsop and [Susan Mary Jay (Patten) Alsop] -Thelma C. (“Pat”) Nixon -Howard K. Smith -William F. Buckley, Jr. -Stuart J. O. Alsop -Richard L. Wilson -William S. White -Wilson -Stephen B. Bull -91- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-114 (cont’d) Vietnam negotiations -Letter for Nguyen Van Thieu -Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -The President’s reading -Haig’s schedule -Tone -The President’s reading -Church service -Cabinet dinner, December 16, 1972 -Return to Kissinger -Kissinger briefing, December 16, 1972 -Settlement prospects -Hanoi reaction -Paris delegation -Press coverage -Radio coverage -Charles W. Colson -Television [TV] -Ronald L. Ziegler -Press coverage -The New York Times -Kissinger’s demeanor -Compared to Kissinger’s October 26, 1972 briefing -The President’s press conferences -Dan Rather -[US bombing] -Timing -Christmas -1973 Inauguration -Congress -December 18, 1972 -Settlement prospects -Intelligence report -People’s Republic of China [PRC] official -Pressure on Hanoi -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin’s recent conversation with Kissinger -Hanoi’s conversations with Soviet Union -Settlement timing -1973 Inauguration -92- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-114 (cont’d) -October 26, 1972 draft -US bombing -Hanoi’s possible reactions -Enforceability of agreement -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer -[David] Kenneth Rush -Civilians -Weather -B-52s -Precision bombing -Power plant in Hanoi -Intelligence -Cancellations -The President’s recent conversation with William P. Clements, Jr. -Aircraft -Types, cost -Air strikes -Cancellations -Dry season -B-52s -Bomb load -Compared to World War II -Effect -Hanoi -Compared to Saigon area, 155s -Targets -Power plants -Marshalling yards -Shipyards in Haiphong -Railyards -Radio Hanoi -Transmitters -Power plant in Hanoi -Moorer -Aircraft -Reaction -US -Ziegler -Enemy offensive -Le Duc Tho -93- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-114 (cont’d) -Messages -Schedule -Timing -November 23, 1972 -Removal of “administrative structure” -Cabinet -Sub-cabinet -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Recommendations -Congress, Thieu -US bombing -Thieu -Haig -Thieu -US commitments -Presidential meetings, letters -November 1972 -Sovereignty -Haig’s letter -US option [bi-lateral deal] -Timing -January 1973 -Thieu -Possible collapse -Possible perception -Defeatism -Military and economic aid -Thieu letter -US military withdrawal for Prisoners of War [POWs] -George S. McGovern -Michael J. Mansfield -Separation of military and political issues -October 8, 1972 -Vietnamization -Thieu -POWs -US bombing -North Vietnamese reaction -US reaction -Media -94- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-114 (cont’d) -1972 election -North Vietnam -PRC pressure -Compared to Soviet Union -US note -Reply -Intelligence -Thieu -Reaction to Kissinger briefing -Radio -Collapse of talks -Resumption -Haig letter -Two party military commission -Communists’ intention -Cadres -Press coverage -Thieu -November 1972 -Thieu -Relationship with the President -Nguyen Phu Duc meetings, November 29, 1972 -Midway meetings invitation -Haig letter -Tone -US bombing -Reaction -Timing -Effect -Enforceability of agreement -Regional countries -1972 election Longworth dinner -Timing -Black tie -Joseph Alsop -95- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07)