317. Memorandum From Secretary of Defense Weinberger to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (McFarlane)1
I found the attached [less than 1 line not declassified] interesting because it highlights the extent to which the Soviets will go to defeat our Strategic Defense Initiative. I believe defeat of SDI has become their fundamental arms control objective. You will also note in the penultimate paragraph their desire to see the replacement of certain U.S. officials—including, obviously, yours truly—as another way of gaining their objective. While this goal seems to be denied to them, I imagine they will continue to try on all fronts to block our strategic defense plan.
I would appreciate it very much if you would send the attached paper to the President.
- Source: Reagan Library, System IV Intelligence Files, 1984, 4001158. Secret. Weinberger wrote “Bud” next to McFarlane’s name on the memorandum. In a note on a covering memorandum, Kimmit wrote: “Per RCM, Weinberger memo only put in 11/30 PDB. RMK 11/30.” Reagan initialed another copy of the memorandum on December 2, indicating he saw it. (Ibid.)↩
- Secret; [handling restriction not declassified].↩
- Not found.↩
- See Documents 286 and 287.↩