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December 07, 1982
The weather turned out fine for the official greeting ceremony for Pres. Zia of Pakistan. We got along fine. He’s a good man (cavalry). Gave me his word they were not building an atomic or nuclear bomb. He’s dedicated to helping the Afghans & stopping the Soviets. After our meetings—spent the day on the phone re the MX. No use—we took a beating 245 to 176—50 Republicans defecting. We had rabbits when we needed tigers. We still have a chance in the Sen. & then a conference committee. I really resent Chmn. Adabbo of N.Y. who honchoed killing the MX. No matter what he says he’s just plain against re-arming the U.S.—unless the weapons are built in N.Y. Then the State dinner—a fine toast by Pres. Zia. All in all a very pleasant evening.