Aside from a Buenos Aires traffic-jam delay that left his chair embarrassingly vacant for 13 minutes during the swearing-in of Argentine President Arturo Frondizi, Vice President Richard Nixon has handled the pomp and protocol of his swing through Latin America wth precision, ability and affability. Even more impressive has been his readiness to shuck off diplomatic doubletalk and explain just where the U.S. stands.

Nixon went out of his way for straight-from-the-shoulder talk in Uruguay. The day of his arrival, he was showered with anti-U.S. pamphlets as he passed the University of Montevideo Law School. Next day, against the cautious...

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