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Conversation: 037-190

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Start Date: Wednesday, March 21, 1973 9:23 PM

End Date: Wednesday, March 21, 1973 9:39 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Haig, Alexander M., Jr.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

037-190.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 21, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. talked on the telephone from 4:23 pm to 4:39 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 037-190 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 37-190

Date: March 21, 1973
Time: 4:23 pm-4:39 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

[See Conversation No. 421-13]
                                    - 139 -

                    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                              Tape Subject Log
                                (rev. Sept-09)
                                                        Conversation No. 37-190 (cont’d)




North Vietnamese cease-fire violations
       -US response
              -Decision
              -Henry A. Kissinger
                     -Message
                             -Gen. Brent G. Scowcroft
              -Prisoners of War [POW] release

               -Justifications
                       -Bombing of Cambodia
                               -Press questions
                       -Legal basis
       -Decrease
       -POW Release
               -President's response
                       -Laos
               -Withdrawal of US troops
                       -Scowcroft
                       -Timetable
       -Incident Rate
       -Nguyen Van Thieu
               -Statement
                       -Accusation
       -Press reaction
               -Hanoi
       -US military action
               -Ho Chi Minh trail
               -Reaction in Vietnam
               -Further action
               -POWs
               -Reaction of US public
                        -Effects on Hanoi
               -Justification
                       -Belligerent response from North Vietnam
                       -Incident rate
                               - 140 -

             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                       Tape Subject Log
                         (rev. Sept-09)
                                               Conversation No. 37-190 (cont’d)




                -POW release
-President’s statement
       -Press reaction
       -New York Times
-Warnings for North Vietnam
       -Effectiveness

-Relations with Thieu
-Possible resumption of hostilities
        -US public support
        -South Vietnamese military capability
                 -Assessment by Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr.
                 -Air Force
                 -Future strength
        -People's Republic of China [PRC] interest
        -Soviet Union interest
                 -Kissinger's message to Anatoliy Dobrynin
                 -Future summit
-December 1972 bombing
        -POW responses
-Kissinger
-Abrams’ view
-Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]
        -Intelligence analysis
                 -Weather
-Effect of warning
-Cease-fire violations by US and South Vietnam
-Bombing of Cambodia
        -Justification
                 -Legal basis
                 -Request by Cambodian government
                 -Violations of cease-fire
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                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. Sept-09)