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May 13, 1988
Bob Byrd wants a report from me on I.N.F. before he takes it to the floor. There is a firestorm in the House about the news reports on Noriega & the deal we are trying to make. They dont seem to realize the only alternative would be a military invasion of Panama.
On drugs some on the hill are demanding the military be given the power to arrest. We are totally opposed. For 200 yrs. it has been against our every principal to give the mil. that power.
N.S.C.—Colin is back from Geneva. Evidently George & Shevardnadze worked out an agreement on I.N.F. that should eliminate all the Senate reservations about ratification. In addition we’ll have several bilateral agreements to sign on various things like fishery rights etc. Some progress was made on Angola & nuc. testing but none on S.L.C.M.’s. A little on A.L.C.M.’s
We’re hoping for an agreement on Noriega next week.
At 11:15 A.M. A. B. Culvahouse came by with our financial statement we have to file every year. Frankly I think it’s an invasion of individual rights. Then at 11:45 a Rose Garden ceremony for signing of Nat. Safe Kids Week. A large audience & many children.
Lunch outdoors again then some photo time with winners of honors in mathematics.
A last minute addition to schedule—a meeting with Ed M., Ken D., Jim Baker, Colin P., Elliott Abrams, Negroponte, and a few others about Noriega & our using cancellation of drug indictment against him to get him out of Panama—but again there is no alternative & we cant use the indictment anyway because Panama law does not allow extradition.
Then it was off to Camp D. but with a dozen photos of various individuals & groups on way to helicopter. One group of 50 or more State troopers from all over the country gave Nancy a plaque for her work against drugs.
Finally Camp D. & my first swim of the season. Watched a John Wayne movie.