The Press: Thunder All Around

To Columnist Joseph Kraft, "President Nixon is risking almost everything to gain practically nothing" because the best the Administration can achieve is a "fig leaf for defeat." On the same day's Washington Post op-edit page, Rowland Evans and Robert Novak called the President's latest move "dangerously high-risk poker," but speculated that the pot could be rewarding in two ways: by thwarting a fresh Communist offensive in the fall while keeping the Russians far enough below the boiling point to save a Moscow-Washington agreement on nuclear-arms limitations. The Washington Star, meanwhile, declared that "the Rubicon is crossed"; therefore, "the place of this...

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