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February

04

1981

February 04, 1981



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Diary Entry - 02/04/1981

Wednesday, February 4, 1981

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Cabinet discussion of grain embargo. I’ve always felt it hurt our farmers worse than it hurt Soviets. Many of our allies?? filled the gap & supplied Soviet. But now—how do we lift it without sending wrong message to Soviets? We need to take a new look at whole matter of strategy. Trade was supposed to make Soviets moderate, instead it has allowed them to build armaments instead of consumer products. Their socialism is an ec. failure. Wouldn’t we be doing more for their people if we let their system fail instead of constantly bailing it out? Cap Weinberger told me afterwards it was the most substantive cabinet meeting he&d ever attended & he’s been attending for 5 yrs. under 2 previous admins.