Secret White House Tapes

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371–9
  • President Richard M. Nixon
  • Alexander M. Haig
  • William Westmoreland
October 20, 1972
Conversation No. 371-9
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Oct-06)


Date: October 20, 1972
Time: 10:04 am - 10:35 am
Location: Executive Office Building

The President met with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. and Gen. William C. Westmoreland.

Vietnam
-Peace settlement negotiations
-Haig's previous conversation with Westmoreland
-Message from Henry A. Kissinger
-Gen. Nguyen Van Thieu's concerns
-North Vietnamese forces in South Vietnam
-Possible cease-fire violations
-Tripartite committee
-Coalition government
-Political aspects
-The President's conversation with Gen. Creighton W. Abrams, Jr.
-National Council of National Reconciliation and Concord
-US public support
-Thieu
-Prisoners of War [POWs]
-Military Dispositions
-Timing
-Cease-fire
-A-5’s
-Soviet Union
-Thieu
-The People's Republic of China [PRC]
-May 8, 1972 bombing of Hanoi and mining of Haiphong Harbor
-Analysis of conditions
-Thieu
-Cease-fire
-Possible publicizing of settlement terms
-1972 Election
-Westmoreland’s view
-Military situation
-POWs
-Political problems for South Vietnam
-Sovereignty
-Thieu
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
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-Withdrawal of North Vietnamese forces
-Sovereignty of South Vietnam
-Vietcong
-Provisions of agreement
-Thieu
-Military realities
-Saigon
-Vietcong
-Vietnamization
-South Vietnamese Air Force
-Thieu’s intentions
-Westmorland’s suspicions
-Sovereignty of South Vietnam
-Possible secret agreement
-Possible bombing resumption
-South Vietnamese Air Force
-Withdrawal of North Vietnamese forces
-North Vietnamese POWs
-Bombing
-Additional military aid
-Withdrawal of military forces
-Sovereignty of South Vietnam
-US position
-Political realities
-1972 election
-Timing
-Control mechanisms of agreement
-The President’s view
-Cambodia, Laos
-Cambodia
-US pressure on Lon Nol
-Possible Military Action
-The President’s view
-Laos
-Negotiations
-South Vietnamese morale
-Thieu's Relations with US
-Thieu
-The President’s view
-Ngo Dinh Diem
-South Vietnamese political stability
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NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF

Tape Subject Log
(rev. Oct-06)

-Negotiations
-North Vietnamese message
-US Response

Westmoreland's forthcoming speech in Dallas
-Possible meeting with Lyndon B. Johnson
-The President’s view



Westmoreland and Haig left at 10:35 am.
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