THE NATION: Definition Needed

Possibly, a U.S. policy to meet the Kremlin's new soft line is secretly taking shape in Washington. But last week's public and semipublic manifestations gave no evidence of it. Instead, they gave an impression of confusion and weakness.

From the direction of the Defense Department came repeated talk of stretchout and cutbacks in the defense program. From the State Department area came some loose "thinking out loud" about U.S. concessions to communism in the Far East. Firmest of the week's policy moves were indications of reduced aid to European defense. All together, and coming amid the Soviet soft talk, they...

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