Oh, I see you mean, this was
involved with Ethiopia... I see. No, my as the time, as our concerns about the horn of Africa
deepened it was quite clear -- Zbig wanted to do something that was dramatic, to prevent that
whole important strategic area from falling into the hands of the Soviets And so we developed
this plan, which was to bring a naval task force into Berbera, and dispatch me as an emissary to
Mengistu, both the show of force and, hopefully, a show of persuasion. I might add, at that
time, I also went there with some humanitarian aid, for Ethiopia, which had been held up ...
because of the turmoil in that country, as a gesture of... our good will, as well. Unfortunately
the Navy did not want to move a carrier task force into Berbera, and when we had a discussion of
why, they said, well, it would be too vulnerable there. And we said, well, vulnerable, but you
have F-14s to deal with this. And they said, Well... and, you know, I said, when we said
vulnerable they said well, yes, the Soviets are there with MIG-15s, and we said, Well, but you
have F-14s, I mean, two generations more advanced. And they said, Well, they might just get
lucky. So... this show of force was a show of force that was not supported by the Pentagon nor
the Chiefs they thought it was too risky, and that's the reason it didn't happen. Secretary Vance may also have opposed it, but I don't recall that.