71. Note From the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Haig) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1
Attached is the strategy which the House leadership is anxious to pursue in sandbagging Fulbright. There are two aspects of it that are worth considering: One is it keeps a low White House profile which means we will have to turn Scali and the maniacs off, and second it would be a bitter repudiation of Fulbright if it succeeds. I am inclined to think that it is simple enough to work providing we can get lots of drumbeat going without direct White House involvement.
We have had a reaction today of considerable magnitude from those on the Hill who do not like to be considered irresponsible.
Timmons hopes to get your clearance on this tonight at the initialing tab.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Agency Files, Box 195, AID 1/1/71-12/21/71. No classification marking. Concurred in by MacGregor and Kissinger.↩
- Printed from a copy that bears this typed signature.↩
- Rogers and Hannah testified on November 3; see Document 73.↩
- None of the Approve or Disapprove options is checked or initialed.↩