84. Diary Entry by the President’s Assistant (Haldeman)1

[Omitted here is discussion of Nixon’s speech on Vietnam scheduled for November 3 and other matters unrelated to national security policy.]

K[issinger] has all sorts of signal-type activity going on around the world to try to jar Soviets and NVN—appears to be working because Dobrynin asked for early meeting—which we have set secretly for Monday.2 K thinks this is good chance of being the big break, but that it will come in stages. P[resident] is more skeptical.

[Omitted here is discussion of matters unrelated to national security policy.]

  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, White House Special Files, Handwritten Journals and Diaries of Harry Robbins Haldeman, Vol. 3, September 29, 1969–January 12, 1970. No classification marking. The diary entry, which is handwritten by Haldeman, was transcribed by the editors.
  2. October 20.