250. Notes From Peter Rousel of the Republican National Committee to George H. W. Bush, Chairman of the Republican National Committee1

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Bill Wittmer2 from Houston was calling to tell you that his office had a call from one of Faisal’s aides in Paris who says that Faisal is getting some bad information about U.S. intentions in Saudi, ie. that the U.S. is considering military action concerning control of oil producing facilities there. Faisal’s man mentioned Kennedy, Javits, Jackson and Fulbright as those who they feel are supporting such action. [Page 705]Wittmer says their info is that Faisal has ordered the mining of all oil facilities. He just wanted to keep you posted.

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Bill Wittmer called back to report that his office had received a call from Crown Prince Khaled with a message to the effect that if Nixon could make it clear to the Arab power bloc that the U.S. plans no armed intervention in their countries it would help melt tensions that now exist. Khaled said they are very suspicious and nervous about rumors that the U.S. is planning such moves.

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  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1336, NSC Unfiled Material 1973. No classification marking. Bush forwarded the notes to Scow-croft, November 28. (Ibid.)
  2. Former President of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company.
  3. November 27.
  4. Printed from a copy with these typed initials.