32. Editorial Note

On March 2, 1970, President Richard Nixon wrote a memorandum to Assistant to the President H.R. Haldeman, President’s Assistant for Domestic Affairs John Ehrlichman, and President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs Henry Kissinger defining his priorities. In the area of foreign policy, he included “[p]olicy toward Western Europe, but only where NATO is affected and where major countries (Britain, Germany, and France) are affected. The only minor countries in Europe, which I want to pay attention to in the foreseeable future, will be Spain, Italy, and Greece. I do not want to see any papers on any of the other countries, unless their problems are directly related to NATO.” (National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 341, Subject Files, HAK/President Memorandums) The memorandum is printed in full in Foreign Relations, 1969–1976, volume I, Foundations of Foreign Policy, 1969–1972, Document 61.