BEHIND THE SCENES: Struggle for Empire

As if the makers of U.S. foreign economic policy did not have plenty to worry about already—Soviet economic offensives, the "revolution of rising expectations" in underdeveloped countries, resentment against budget deficits at home—an old-fashioned struggle for bureaucratic empire was shaping up in Washington to complicate matters. Apparently with the unspoken O.K. of newly appointed Commerce Secretary Lewis Strauss, the Commerce Department's blunt, contentious Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Henry Kearns, 47, onetime California Chevrolet dealer, is trying to invade the State Department's foreign economic policy domain, ruled over by rich, polished Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Affairs C. Douglas...

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