47. Memorandum From the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1


This is the memo which Dave Packard called you on.2 I think it is important that you do not get caught in the middle between OMB and Defense and there is something to be said for both sides.

I agree with Wayne3 that you should permit OMB to answer Packard’s memo and to establish the final mark on each assistance program. After telling Shultz that he should raise Taiwan from 15 to 20, Turkey from 90 to 100 and Jordan from 30 to 40, Defense’s proposal on Israel is a disaster and OMB should be sustained at $300 million in foreign military sales credit versus the $100 million suggested by Defense. I also believe that the contingency fund directed by you should be sustained.

In short, I recommend that we inform Packard’s office of the increases for Taiwan, Greece, Turkey and Jordan and then tell Shultz that we anticipate that he will make these increases and let OMB handle the balance being sure that Smith tells them to hold firm on the contingency fund and the FMS credit for Israel.

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Agency Files, Box 195, AID 1/1/71-12/31/71. Top Secret; Sensitive. A handwritten notation on the memorandum indicates the message was sent to Kissinger telegraphically. According to the President’s Daily Diary, Kissinger was in San Clemente. The President traveled to San Clemente on January 5. (Ibid., White House Central Files)
  2. See footnote 2, Document 46.
  3. K. Wayne Smith. See Document 46.