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Conversation: 037-201

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Start Date: Thursday, March 22, 1973 12:35 AM

End Date: Thursday, March 22, 1973 12:44 AM

Participants:

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

Recording Device: White House Telephone

037-201.mp3

NARA Description:

On March 21, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. talked on the telephone from 7:35 pm to 7:44 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 037-201 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 37-201

Date: March 21, 1973
Time: 7:35 pm-7:44 pm
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr.

       Haig’s location
              -Ronald L. Ziegler
              -Georgetown tennis tournament

       North Vietnamese cease-fire violations
              -Message from Henry A. Kissinger
                    -Rationale for US military action
                           -Effect on North Vietnamese thinking
                           -Prisoners of War [POW] release
                           -North Vietnamese offensive
                           -Laos settlement
                           -POW release
                           -Military effects

                             -North Vietnamese intentions
                                    -US troop withdrawal
                                    -Economic aid
                             -Pentagon’s role
                              - 148 -

             NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                        Tape Subject Log
                          (rev. Sept-09)
                                                Conversation No. 37-201 (cont’d)




                       -North Vietnamese infiltration
                -Kissinger’s recommendations
                -President’s evaluation
                       -POW release
                       -Military effects
-Past military responses
        -Military effects
                -"Menu" bombing
                -May 8, 1972 decision
                -December 1972 bombing
                -Symbolic strikes
-US military action
        -Delay
        -North Vietnamese infiltration
        -Bombing
        -President’s decision
-Fate of peace treaty
        -Signal to the North Vietnamese
        -December 1972 bombing
                -Pentagon's view
                       -Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff [JCS]
        -Domestic reaction
                -POW issue
                -New York Times
        -North Vietnamese intentions
                -Propaganda
-Kissinger’s analysis
-US military action
        -Cambodia

       -May 8, 1972 decision
       -December 1972 bombing
       -Bombing of Ho Chi Minh Trial
              -Effects
-South Vietnamese
                                            - 149 -

                           NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Sept-09)
                                                          Conversation No. 37-201 (cont’d)




                     -Military burden
                             -Nguyen Van Thieu
                             -US withdrawal
                             -Bombing
                                    -US support
                                    -Ho Chi Minh Trail
              -President’s decision