254. Memorandum From the Chairman of the Policy Planning Council (Rodman) to Secretary of State Shultz1
Here is a redraft of the “Dealing With the Soviets” memorandum that we discussed with you yesterday afternoon.2 Since Rick had to be out of the building for most of the day he has not seen it, but Mark Palmer has and his suggestions have been fully incorporated.
- Source: Department of State, S/P, Memoranda/Correspondence from the Director of the Policy Planning Staff, Lot 89D149, S/P Chrons PW 7/16–31/84. Secret; Sensitive.↩
In a July 24 memorandum to Burt with a draft of the memorandum attached, Rodman wrote: “This is what the Secretary referred to this morning. He asked me Friday to do some talking points for his use with the President articulating the approach to US-Soviet relations that we have been pursuing. The purpose was (a) to stress the value of a consistent, steady course that is more immune to shocks, and (b) to help us fight off the constant attempts (at home) to derail our negotiating efforts. This is what Jeremy [Azrael] and I came up with. The Secretary is impatient to see it, so Charlie [Hill] suggested I send this to you simultaneously with sending it forward.” (Department of State, Executive Secretariat, S/S, Sensitive and Super Sensitive Documents, Lot 92D52, July–December, 1984 Super Sensitive Documents)
In a July 24 memorandum to Hill, Rodman wrote: “Here is a first cut at talking points on US-Soviet relations. As you suggested, I have sent a copy also to Rick Burt.” Hill then wrote in the margin: “for the Secretary’s use with the President.” (Ibid.)↩
- Secret; Sensitive. Drafted by Azrael; cleared by Palmer in draft.↩