103. Memorandum From Director of Central Intelligence Webster to President Reagan1
I know you have been given a great deal to read as you prepare for your meeting with General Secretary Gorbachev. Nevertheless, I would urge you to read this brief essay on Gorbachev’s longer-term strategy and the perspective with which he views the Summit. It was prepared by my deputy, Bob Gates, a career Soviet specialist, who talked with you prior to the Geneva Summit and has helped prepare [Page 592] for the past half dozen or so US-USSR summit meetings. I think you will find it both interesting and useful.
William H. Webster 2
- Source: Reagan Library, Fritz Ermarth Files, US-Soviet Summit November-December 1987 (12). Secret. Under cover of a December 3 memorandum, Ermarth sent Powell copies of Webster’s memorandum to Reagan, Gates’s memorandum, and a copy of a memorandum from Powell to Reagan, recommending that Reagan read Gates’s memorandum. (Ibid.) Powell subsequently transmitted the CIA memoranda to Reagan under a December 4 covering memorandum; Reagan initialed this covering memorandum and approved Powell’s recommendation that he read Gates’s memorandum. (Ibid.)↩
- Webster signed “Bill” above his typed signature.↩