187. Letter From Director of Central Intelligence Bush to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft)1
Enclosed is a summary of the position I am taking on the current impasse involving termination payments under the Angola program. Hopefully, I will be given an opportunity to present it to the Defense Subcommittee prior to the Easter recess.
In that connection, if the occasion presents itself, it would be most helpful if the President could cover this matter with any of the members of the Subcommittee. (Membership list attached).2
We are in the process of pulling together [less than 1 line not declassified] the total listing of all obligations involved. A detailed report on our finding will be transmitted as soon as possible.3
In the event I am unable to persuade the Subcommittee of the merits of our position, it may be necessary for the Administration to proceed without their approval. There appears to be no question of the legality of such action and it is imperative that we fulfill our obligations.[Page 472]
I would welcome any suggestions on the attached draft.
- Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Kissinger-Scowcroft West Wing Office Files, Box 3, General Subject File, Central Intelligence Agency, Communications (20). Secret.↩
- The membership list is attached but not printed.↩
- An April 12 memorandum, transmitted by Bush to Scowcroft on April 13, provided details of the termination costs for the Angola covert action program. Costs were broken down into categories of debt owed: within the United States, to foreign organizations and individuals with earlier contracts (involving transportation, supplies, and foreign personnel), and termination payments to foreign leaders and individuals (for liberation movement leaders to “disengage and resettle themselves and their followers”). The total cost for termination amounted to $6,280,615. (Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Kissinger Papers, Box CL 104, Geopolitical File, Angola Chronological File)↩
- Bush signed “George” above his typed signature.↩