Archives are wondeful, this is a must read !

This is coming from the web archives of the departement of state …enjoy !

The date and the content of the document are very funny, i wonder what sort of letters Barrack send to his new head of the Pentagone.

149. Letter From President Nixon to Director of Central
Intelligence Helms1
Washington, December 29, 1972.
Dear Dick:
I tried to reach you by phone the day after Christmas but then recalled that you were taking a well earned rest in Mexico. The purpose of my call was to ask you to have a chat with John Connally when you return to get his observations with regard to his visit to Saudi Arabia and also to Algeria.2 In your position as Ambassador to Iran3 I would like for you to take as an extra assignment an analysis of the entire Mideast oil situation analyzing, of course, the relations of American
and European companies with the various governments and also the stability of the governments.
As I consider the energy crisis we are going to be facing in the next 10 years a continuing supply of oil and gas from the Mideast is absolutely indispensable, not only to Western Europe and Japan but also even to us. The greatest threat to this source of supply, of course, is the instability of the governments in that area. We all remember what happened
when Mossadegh was in power in Iran. The same thing, of course, could happen in Saudi Arabia and even in Iran today if something should happen to the Shah and, of course, in the new and highly unstable gulf states. I would like for you to make a thorough study of this situation before you leave for Iran and then after you arrive there I want you to visit some of the other countries in the area and give us an evaluation of the stability of their governments and what we can do to shore them up. Before you leave perhaps we can have a further talk on this subject.
With every good wish for the New Year,
Sincerely,
Richard Nixon

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