Foreign Relations: Nyet to Nicolae

"I want to make my position clear," Arkansas' Wilbur Mills told reporters. "I am not for it." And such is the nature of the congressional pecking order that a not-for-it verdict from the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee means death for any bill concerned. Thus President Johnson's measure to liberalize trade with Communist countries of Eastern Europe perished last week almost before it saw the light of day—or reason.

The Administration viewed the bill as a pragmatic token of encouragement to the increasingly self-assertive, outward-looking nations within the once monolithic Communist bloc. And while Methodist Mills airily dismissed...

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