White House Tape – 2.18.1971 – 6:16 pm
Nixon Presidential Library
NIXON: We can’t. We can’t lose.
KISSINGER: No, Mr. President—
NIXON: We—but, I can’t. I am thinking more in terms of Vietnam. For us, the objective of all these things is to get out of there and [unclear] it’s not going to be done. We can’t lose. We can lose an election, but we’re not going to lose this war, Henry. That’s my view. Do you agree with it?
KISSINGER: I agree, Mr. President—