44. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (Iklé) to Secretary of Defense Weinberger 1
- National Security Priorities—Memorandum for the President
The attached list was largely worked out between us and the State Department (Rick Burt),2 and reflects in many ways DoD-suggested changes. I am not sure, though, it still serves a useful purpose now to send it forward.
The only item added without our agreement is the penultimate tick on page 2 about North-South economic issues. The diverse economic issues relating to countries in the Southern Hemisphere should not be lumped together under the old label of “North-South,” which presumes something like collective bargaining between us and all the less-developed countries. One of the mistakes of the Carter Administration was to accept this confrontation as given, and then look for ways in which the Capitalist northern countries could atone for the fact that their economies were more successful. (Obviously, the new State Department team does not have such an approach in mind, but we must guard against slipping back in the old mold).
- Source: Reagan Library, Fred Iklé Files, Chron: March 1981 (3). Secret. A stamped notation in the top right-hand corner of the memorandum indicates that Weinberger saw it on April 23. Iklé sent the memorandum to Weinberger under an April 22 covering memorandum, writing: “The attached list was largely worked out between us and the State Department (Rick Burt), and reflects in many ways DoD-suggested changes. By now, however, the list is somewhat obsolete. Frank and I agree it would not serve a useful purpose to forward this list at this time. Al Haig may advance reasons why the list should either be updated or sent as is. (Ibid.) An unknown hand wrote “OBE” in the top right-hand corner of the memorandum.↩
- Under an April 15 action memorandum, Burt and Wolfowitz sent Haig a copy of the memorandum, noting that they had been working with Defense officials on “generating a list of national security priorities,” adding: “Although you have a better sense than I do of whether it would be ‘politic’ to send this letter over to the White House at this particular time, I recommend that you and Cap sign the letter and that we begin to map out a strategy for getting these issues on the NSC agenda.” Burt and Wolfowitz recommended that Haig send the letter to Reagan; Haig initialed his approval. (Ibid.)↩
- Iklé signed “Fred” above his typed signature. Next to Iklé’s signature, Weinberger wrote: “I don’t think any purpose is served by this letter now.”↩
- Secret. A stamped notation in the top right-hand corner of the memorandum indicates that Weinberger saw it on April 23.↩
- See footnote 6, Document 35.↩
- An unknown hand placed a brace in the right-hand margin next to a portion of this sentence and wrote something that is illegible.↩