Nation: EAST AND WEST: THE TROUBLING AMBIGUITIES

WHILE politics preoccupied the nation last week with the approach of the conventions, Lyndon Johnson's energies were absorbed by problems on two broad fronts of foreign policy. At midweek, he flew off to Honolulu to discuss the problem that one of the presidential candidates will undoubtedly find uppermost in his mind the day after inauguration—Viet Nam. Even as Johnson was conferring with South Viet Nam's President Nguyen Van Thieu, the showdown over Czechoslovakia brought a sobering reminder that, for the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. alike, Europe remains a potentially dangerous arena. It was...

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