Nation: Making Haste Slowly

With more than a quarter of its top policy posts yet to be filled, the Nixon Administration has been making haste slowly—very slowly—in putting its stamp on the federal bureaucracy. When the Viet Nam "11 o'clock group," composed of middle-level officials from several agencies who review important operational questions, convened at the State Department last week, all the faces were familiar from the Johnson era. Though hardly trifling, the vitriolic, five-month-old dispute with Peru over seizure of U.S. oil properties is just now receiving close attention. The new Assistant Secretary of State for...

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