27. Memorandum From Marshall Wright of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1
- Security Problem at the UN
Whatever time I can get off from my protocol duties I spend on this problem. John Dean’s memo to the President has still not gone forward. I have just gone over with him his latest draft—and have persuaded him to scrap it in its entirety, as inadequate unto the problem.
John has finally come all the way around and recognizes that now is the time to:
- Solve the immediate problem by the assignment to New York of the personnel required to maintain fixed posts at threatened missions, etc.
- Recognize that this is a permanent problem and that a permanent federal force capable of handling normal problems, and capable of expansion in abnormal situations, has to be in place in New York.
He has asked me to help him write his memo, which I am doing. He has scheduled a meeting for tomorrow morning with EPS and Secret Service personnel to work out the details.
We will need Justice on this but John, who is now as enthusiastic as he was previously dour, thinks he can deliver them. That will leave OMB still spouting theology to anyone who will listen.
I know you are impatient for action on this and I share your impatience fully. But I think, at last, we are going in the right direction, with all the allies that we need, and at full speed. I hope the bombers will adjust themselves to our pace.2