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Date: 
May 08, 1972
Location: 
Oval Office
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1 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conversation No. 721-1 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:36 am and 8:38 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Alexander P. Butterfield. President's schedule -Duke Law School reunion -John W. Dean, III -Egil (“Bud”) Krogh, Jr. -William H. Brown, III -Equal Employment Opportunities Commission [EEOC] -Charles W. Colson -Number attending Butterfield left at an unknown time before 8:38 am.
Conversation No. 721-2 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: 8:38 am - 8:43 am Location: Oval Office The President talked with John D. Ehrlichman. [See Conversation No. 24-1]
2 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conversation No. 721-3 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:43 am and 8:54 am Location: Oval Office The President met with an unknown woman. Henry A. Kissinger -Meeting with President The unknown woman left at an unknown time before 8:54 am.
Conversation No. 721-4 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: 8:54 am - 8:56 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Ronald L. Ziegler. Press briefings -National Security Council [NSC] meeting -Time -Henry A. Kissinger -Ziegler's presence -Forthcoming speech -Text -Timing Ziegler left at 8:56 am.
3 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Conversation No. 721-5 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: Unknown between 8:56 am and 8:59 am Location: Oval Office The President met with an unknown woman. Henry A. Kissinger -Location -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Meeting with President -National Security Council [NSC] meeting -Time The unknown woman left at an unknown time before 8:59 am.
Conversation No. 721-6 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: 8:59 am - 9:06 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger. Vietnam -National Security Council [NSC] meeting -Richard M. Helms -Briefing -Previous Washington Special Actions Group [WSAG] meeting -Purpose -Impact of blockade -Adm. Thomas H. Moorer briefing -Duration -Helms -Previous meeting with Henry A. Kissinger -View of blockade -Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] view of shipments -Rail -North Vietnam imports
4 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Conv. No. 721-6 (cont.)
-Sea -Overland -Feasibility -Soviet Union and People's Republic of China [PRC] cooperation -Rerouting of supplies -Call from President -Blockade -Resistance -Bureaucracy -Cambodia comparison -WSAG -U. Alexis Johnson -Health -Kissinger’s view -[David] Kenneth Rush -Support -Consequences -Implementation -Intensity -Time -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew’s view -Political consequences -Necessity -William P. Rogers -Johnson -Opposition -Opposition -Support -Moorer -Rush -John B. Connally -Opposition -Arguments -Effectiveness -Impact on South Vietnam Alexander P. Butterfield entered at an unknown time after 8:59 am. NSC meeting Butterfield left at an unknown time before 9:06 am.
5 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Vietnam -Blockade -Opposition -Reasoning -Melvin R. Laird -View of South Vietnam -Rogers -Ambiguity -South Vietnamese morale -Kissinger’s previous meeting -John Negroponte -George C. Carver -Support -North Vietnam logistics -Impact -Manpower -Command and control -South Vietnamese morale -Bargaining chip -Prisoners of war [POWs] -President's peace proposals in forthcoming speech -POWs -US forces -Wording -John K. Andrews, Jr. Kissinger left at 9:06 am.
Conv. No. 721-6 (cont.)
Conversation No. 721-7 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: 9:07 am - 9:08 am Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger.
6 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) National Security Council [NSC] meeting -Ronald L. Ziegler's presence -Leaks -Decisions Kissinger left at 9:08 am.
Conv. No. 721-7 (cont.)
Conversation No. 721-8 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:07 pm and 12:13 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with an unknown person. Request for meeting with Henry A. Kissinger The unknown person left at an unknown time before 12:13 pm.
Conversation No. 721-9 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:07 pm and 12:13 pm Location: Oval Office The President talked with H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman. John B. Connally -Meeting with President -Location -Meeting with Henry A. Kissinger -Location of meeting with President -Call
Conversation No. 721-10
7 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Date: May 8, 1972 Time: Unknown between 12:07 and 12:13 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with an unknown man.
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The unknown man left at an unknown time before 12:13 pm.
Conversation No. 721-11 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: 12:13 pm - 1:15 pm Location: Oval Office The President met with Henry A. Kissinger. Vietnam -Previous National Security Council [NSC] meeting -Kissinger's evaluation -William P. Rogers -Position on blockade -Kissinger's evaluation -Blockade discussion -Melvin R. Laird's position -Rogers's position -Support compared with Laird
8 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
-John B. Connally -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -United Nations [UN] -Kurt Waldheim -Security Council meeting -Significance -State Department -Soviet Union -Significance -People’s Republic of China [PRC] and Soviet Union view of resolution -Delay -Waldheim -Blockade -President's decision -Timing -President's schedule -Richard M. Helms's briefing -Content -President's decision -Possible delay -Problems -Leaks -Duration -Advantages -Public position -Timing of NSC meeting -24-hour delay -Advantages -Duration -The President’s schedule -Soviet pressures -UN resolutions -Waldheim -NSC meeting -Follow-up meeting with Connally -Location -H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman -Laird -Laird's position Haldeman talked with the President between 12:21 and 12:22 pm.
9 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
[Conversation No. 721-11A] [See Conversation No. 24-2] [End of telephone conversation] Vietnam -Blockade -Costs -Connally -Delay -Soviet pressure -President's decision -Discussion Connally entered at an unknown time after 12:22 pm. -Laird -Connally Connally's schedule Vietnam -NSC meeting -UN -Waldheim -Security Council meeting -Initiative -State Department, Soviet Union -Security Council resolution -Ceasefire -Rogers's schedule -Delays -Blockade -President's decision -Possible delay -Kissinger's reasons -Advantages -Public perceptions -Disadvantages -Soviet awareness
10 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) -UN meeting -Waldheim -Sources -State Department, Soviet Union -Reasons -President's decision -Delay -Advantages -Disadvantages -Opposition -Arguments -Advantages -Cabinet -Rogers's position -Laird's position -Helms's position -Briefing -Support -Connally -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew -Gen. George A. Lincoln -Connally -Lincoln -Agnew -Laird's position -Rogers's position -Timing -Rogers -Laird -Opposition -Connally’s view -Timing -Connally's evaluation -Status quo -Rogers -Laird -Rogers -Soviet Summit position -Laird's position -Disadvantages -Imports to North Vietnam -Percentage by sea
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
11 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
-Air strikes -Impact on supplies and rail lines -Rail lines -Problems with statistics -Gauges in North Vietnam and PRC -Impact on imports of Petroleum, oil and lubricants [POL] -Overland shipments -Rogers and Laird -Conversation with Connally -Rogers -Soviet Summit concerns -Kissinger's trip results -Kissinger’s view -Laird's concerns -Costs of blockade -Rogers's position -Bombing -Laird's opinion -Targets -Connally's position -Bombing of Haiphong and Hanoi -Support for President -US foreign policy -Effect of South Vietnam -Rogers and Laird -Support -South Vietnamese collapse -US position -Advantages -Rogers's assessment -Connally's assessment -Message of retribution -Bombing of North Vietnam -Targets -Civilians -Fear of deaths -US message to aggressors -Kissinger's assessment -Consequences of failure -US troops in South Vietnam -Speed of possible South Vietnam collapse -Agnew's theory
12 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
-Laird's theory -North Vietnamese objectives -Kissinger's assessment -Kissinger’s return from Soviet Union -Camp David -Provincial capitals -Army of Republic of Vietnam [ARVN] collapse -Dangers -South Vietnam-US fighting -Coalition government in Saigon -Prisoners of war [POWs] -Bargaining chip -Possible ARVN collapse -Blockade advantages -Bargaining chip -POWs -Nguyen Van Thieu -South Vietnamese morale -Impact -Laird's assessment -Kissinger’s view -Moorer's assessment -POL supplies -Overland shipments -PRC and Soviet Union coordination -Air strikes -North Vietnamese reaction -Kissinger’s view -North Vietnamese leadership considerations -Division supplies -Impact -North Vietnam logistical system -Difficulty in changing -North Vietnamese campaign -Hue -South Vietnam response -North Vietnam method of operation -Inflexibility -Reaction of Soviet Union and PRC -US domestic support -Soviet reaction -Pressure on North Vietnam
13 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) -Summit -Cancellation -US statement -Ronald L. Ziegler's release -Kissinger’s possible briefing -Rogers's position -Connally's view -Announcement of agreements -North Vietnam offensive -South Vietnam military situation -Laird's assessments -Cambodia, Laos comparisons
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
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-Effect of blockade -Diplomatic -On South Vietnam collapse -On bargaining for POWs -Military operations -North Vietnam -South Vietnam morale -North Vietnam -POL supplies -Air strikes -Impact -Utilities -Communications
14 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) -Latest strikes -Damage reports -President's options -South Vietnam collapse -US efforts to prevent -Rogers -Protests -Domestic -Senate -UN -PRC and Soviet Union -President's East-West policies -Impact -Press -American people -Support for President -Opposition to war -American spirit -Connally’s view -Possible US withdrawal -Timing -Forthcoming election -Means -Diplomatic efforts -North Vietnamese response -Military efforts -POWs, troop withdrawal -Intensity -Laos, Cambodia -Necessity -Support -Duration -Time -Possible US withdrawal -North Vietnamese offensive -Duration -Impact of blockade -Weather -Hue -Future strategy -Time -Democratic National Convention
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
15 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) -Movement of roops -B-3 front -Cambodia -October offensive -Effect of blockade -Blockade -Necessity -President's speech -Haldeman -Time -Forthcoming briefing for Congressional leaders -Content -Notification of Rogers and Laird -Peace offer -POW exchange -Ceasefire -US withdrawal -Time -Hugh Scott -POWs -Ceasefire -US withdrawal -Trade -Advantages for North Vietnam -Rogers's and Laird's notification -Use of term blockade -Domestic response -Soviet response -Press use -Mining -Interception of ships -Contents -Mining -Instructions for US forces -Interdiction Connally left at 12:59 pm. -Drafting -Kissinger's schedule -Haldeman -Notification of Rogers and Laird
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
16 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) -Kissinger -Alexander M. Haig, Jr. -Time -Rogers -Soviet Summit -The President’s view Haldeman and Manolo Sanchez entered at 1:00 pm. President's schedule -Executive Office Building [EOB] Kissinger's schedule -Soviet embassy Sanchez left at an unknown time before 1:02 pm. Vietnam -Democrats -Senate caucus -Possible meeting with President -Arrangements -Clifford P. Case-Frank F. Church amendment -Michael J. Mansfield's role -Blockade -President's speech -Television time -Notification -Cabinet -NSC -Andrews -Time -Rogers and Laird Kissinger left at 1:02 pm. -President's possible meeting with Democratic leaders -Mansfield -Time -Press reports -NSC meeting -Democratic leaders
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
17 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01)
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
-J. William Fulbright, John C. Stennis -Delay in antiwar amendment vote -Soviet summit -Hawks' position -Stennis -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson's statement -Ground troops -Bombing -Hanoi, Haiphong -Time -Need -President's speech -Briefing of Senate Democratic leaders -Time -Mansfield's call -Delay in response -Notification -Announcement of television time -Time to release -Ziegler -Briefing for Congressional leaders -Attendees -Kissinger's opinion -Allen J. Ellender -Fulbright -Mansfield -The President’s view -Briefing for committee chairmen -Rogers -Blockade -Chances of success -Rogers's assessment -Support for the President -US military strength -Options -Laird's view -South Vietnam's strengths -Deterioration -Rogers's argument compared with Laird’s argument -Alternatives -Connally's view -Need to try
18 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) -US credibility -POWs -US credibility -Rogers's view -Compared with Connally’s view -PRC -Soviet Union -Soviet Summit -President's strengths -Chance of success -Outcry -Rogers's view -Connally’s view -Soviet Summit -Kissinger’s role -The President’s view -Laird -The President’s view -Opposition to blockade -President's decision -Chances of success in Vietnam -Effect on Summit -Cancellation -Probability -Timing -Public opinion -Expectations -Separability -Effect of military situation -Time -North Vietnam offensive -President's forthcoming speech -Arrangements -Cabinet meeting The President and Haldeman left at 1:15 pm.
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
Conversation No. 721-12
19 NIXON PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS STAFF Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec-01) Date: May 8, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:15 pm and 8:40 pm Location: Oval Office Unknown persons met. Oval Office tour -The President’s location -Executive Office Building [EOB] -The President’s Senate campaign -President’s office in the EOB -Roosevelt Room Unknown persons left at an unknown time before 8:40 pm.
Conv. No. 721-11 (cont.)
Conversation No. 721-13 Date: May 8, 1972 Time: Unknown between 1:15 pm and 8:40 pm Location: Oval Office Stephen B. Bull met with unknown persons [Secret Service agents]. [Unintelligible] Bull and the unknown agents left at an unknown time before 8:40 pm.