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Start Date: Thursday, December 14, 1972 1:55 AM
End Date: Thursday, December 14, 1972 2:07 AM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Haig, Alexander M., Jr.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On December 13, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. talked on the telephone from 8:55 pm to 9:07 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 034-069 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 34-69 Date: December 13, 1972 Time: 8:55 pm - 9:07 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. Vietnam negotiations -Henry A. Kissinger’s arrival -55- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-69 (cont’d) -Haig’s meeting -Communication breakdown -Kissinger’s memorandum -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew’s trip -Purpose -Compared to the President’s possible television [TV] statement -Nguyen Van Thieu -The President’s view -US military action -Options -Agnew -Option Two -Resumption of talks in Paris -Timing -January 1973 -Possible public relations [PR] effort -Deceit charges -Negotiation record -Peace issue -Effectiveness -Option One -Agnew’s trip -Appearance -North Vietnamese stance -Nguyen Van Thieu -Congress -Delays -US military action -Melvin Laird, William P. Rogers -Pressure on Thieu -US public opinion -The President’s previous decisions -Thieu -Pressure on Thieu -Agnew’s trip -Option One -US military action -Timing -Agnew’s trip -Thieu -56- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-69 (cont’d) -PR -Haig’s conversation with Ronald L. Ziegler -Ziegler’s possible briefing -Kissinger’s schedule -Mexico -Ziegler’s possible briefing -North Vietnamese reneging, lack of goodwill -Communications -US military action -Peace with honor -US military action -Timing -Congress -Kissinger -Reseeding mines -Reconnaissance -Bombing -PR -Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward R. F. Cox -Trip to Soviet Union -Possible cancellation -US military action -Duration -Bargaining position -Prisoners of War [POWs] -Congress -Cut off of funds -Kissinger -Haig’s forthcoming conversation with Kissinger -Tone -People’s Republic of China [PRC], Soviet Union initiatives -Laird -Rogers -US military action -Rogers -Laird -Defense budget -National Security Council [NSC] meeting -Public notification -Rogers, Laird, Richard M. Helms, Agnew -57- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-69 (cont’d) -The President’s schedule -Kissinger