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Start Date: 17-Sep-1971 11:29 AM

End Date: 17-Sep-1971 11:41 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kissinger, Henry A.White House operator

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 02:37:50

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 02:50:53

574a.mp3

574b.mp3

NARA Description:

On September 17, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, Henry A. Kissinger, and the White House operator met in the Oval Office of the White House from 11:29 am to 11:41 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 574-006 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 574-6

Date: September 17, 1971
Time: 11:29 am - 11:41 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Henry A. Kissinger.

     Vietnam
          -Military action
                -Timing
          -North Vietamese
                -The President’s attitude
                     -[Cornell Bogdan]
                -(Madame) Nguyen Thi Binh
                -Bombing
                     -Effect
                     -The Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
                     -Demilitarized zone [DMZ]
                     -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer
                     -Duration
                     -Announcement
                           -Timing
          -North Vietnam
                                             37

                            NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. 10/06)
                                                                     Conv. No. 574-6 (cont.)


                -Nicolae Ceaucescu
          -North Vietnamese
                -Bombing
          -South Vietnamese elections
          -President’s views and options
                -Blockade
                -Prisoners of War [POWs]
                -People’s Republic of China [PRC] initiative
                -USSR initiative
                -Ending the war
                -Timing
                      -1972 Presidential election
                      -Peace settlement
                           -Timing
                           -North Vietnamese response
          -Election in the US
                -Polls

The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 11:29 and
11:41 am.

[Conversation No. 574-6a]

[See Conversation No. 9-60]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Vietnam
          -POWs
          -Blockade
          -Conclusion of conflict
               -1972 Presidential election
                    -Polls
                          -Impact on peace settlement
               -Possible escalation
                    -Casualties
                    -Support in the US
                    -POWs
                          -Blockade of North Vietnam
               -After Presidential election
                    -POWs
                                  38

               NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                          Tape Subject Log
                            (rev. 10/06)
                                                            Conv. No. 574-6 (cont.)


           -President’s concern
-US foreign aid
     -The President's conversation with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. September 16, 1971
           -Guidance
                 -Eellsworth F. Bunker
                 -William J. Porter
     -Relation to types of government
           -Greece
                 -Henry J. Tasca
-Entering war
     -Ngo Dinh Diem
     -Nguyen Van Thieu
           -Ending war
                 -Kissinger’s comment to the press
                 -Coups, communist takeover
-Responsibility
     -Ending war
           -The President’s plan
                 -Honorable exit
           -Dishonorable exit
           -The President's new conferences
                 -Comments
           -Opponents'
-North Vietnam
     -Refugees
           -The President's visit in 1956
     -Catholic Bishop of Da Nang
           -Number of people
                 -Death
                 -Prison camps
                 -Duration of war
-The President’s news conference of September 16, 1971
     -Television
     -Leadership
-Congress
     -Draft
     -Mansfield amendment
-Effectiveness of the President's action
     -Gen. Lewis B. Hershey
-Kissinger's press briefing
     -Cambodia
                                               39

                              NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

                                       Tape Subject Log
                                         (rev. 10/06)
                                                                   Conv. No. 574-6 (cont.)


                 -Laos
                      -US position
                 -John A. Scali
                      -Kissinger's comment about the press

     US society
          -Morale

     1972 election
          -Eugene J. McCarthy
                -Herbert Stein
                      -Kissinger's meeting
                           -Comparison to the other candidates
          -Edmund S. Muskie
                -Statement
          -McCarthy
                -Kissinger’s efforts
                      -West Coast
                      -New York
                           -Stein

     Congressional affairs
         -Conservatives
               -Senate
                     -Opposition to the military service draft
         -Military service draft
               -James L. Buckley
                     -Vote
                     -Gordon L. Allott
                     -Speeches
                           -Draft by the administration
               -Conference

     Press conference
           -The President's handling

Kissinger left at 11:41 am.