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[while Nixon is being wheeled through hospital on a stretcher
] Alexander Haig
: I'm in charge here!
: I'm afraid we have another problem, Mr. President.
[He hands him a paper. Nixon glances at it
] Alexander Haig
: June 23rd, '72, sir. The part that's underlined. Your instructions to Haldeman regarding the CIA and the FBI. Richard M. Nixon
: So? Alexander Haig
: Your lawyers feel it's the..."smoking gun". Richard M. Nixon
: It's totally out of context. I was protecting the national security. I never intended... Alexander Haig
: Sir, the deadline is today. Richard M. Nixon
: Can we get around this, Al? Alexander Haig
: It's the Supreme Court, sir. You don't get around it.
: So you are proposing to go to war over these islands. They're thousands of miles away, a handful of citizens, politically and economically insignificant, if you'll excuse me. Margaret Thatcher
: Just like Hawaii... I imagine.
: We are trying to de-escalise a war. Margaret Thatcher
: So am I. But you do not do it by appeasement. You increase its chances. You see this table? This was where Neville Chamberlain sat in 1938 when he spoke on the wireless about the Czechs as "far away people about whom we know nothing and with whom we have so little in common". Munich! Appeasement! A world war followed because of that irresponsible, woolly-minded, indecisive, slip-shod attitude and the deaths of 45 million people. Tom Enders
: The fact that we have to treat Britain and Argentina even-handedly for the purpose of negotiation... Margaret Thatcher
: How DARE you treat us even-handedly? Argentina is the aggressor, the invader. A fourth-rate, cruel, unstable, corrupt, brutal regime with no morals or scruples whatever! They torture and murder their political opponents by the most ghastly Nazi methods. And this is the regime you wish to give even a foothold over the British citizens?
: Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the President, the Vice President and the Secretary of State in that order, and should the President decide he wants to transfer the helm to the Vice President, he will do so. He has not done that. As of now, I am in control here, in the White House, pending return of the Vice President and in close touch with him. If something came up, I would check with him, of course.