Archive (Reagan Library)

Cold War: MT letter to Reagan (Iran-Contra -"anything which weakens you weakens America") [declassified/released 2000]

Document type: Declassified documents
Venue: 10 Downing Street
Source: Reagan Library: Presidential Handwriting File: Presidential Telephone Calls (Folder 169)
Editorial comments: The file contains an undated note by an unnamed official to the Chief of Staff (Donald Regan) enclosing him a copy of this letter, which makes it clear that it reached the President by a private channel bypassing the White House machine. “DTR. FYI - this explains the weekend phone call, but not how this note got to the President. Pls return to my office”. A typescript copy of the letter exists in the Thatcher MSS.
Importance ranking: Key
Word count: 211 words
Themes: Conservatism, Defence (general), Defence (arms control), Foreign policy (Middle East), Foreign policy (USA), Leadership, MT contacts with Ronald Reagan