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He then plotted a military intervention that would affirm his positions and arrested his opponent, the Slovak Alexander Dubcek, whom he despised.
A consensus in favor soon developed among the top decision makersnot because others thought the plan stood much chance of success, but because Haig, who preferred overt steps, reluctantly acquiesced in this as better than nothing, while Weinberger supported by the White House troika, who feared the political consequences of military intervention saw covert action as a way to forestall U.S. military involvement.
He spoke very directly and frankly, not emphasizing the standard line about friendship with the Soviet Union, but instead defending the Prague Spring and the actions of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party and insisting that a military intervention by the Soviets was not a good thing for socialism.