DIPLOMACY: Barnstorming Across the Middle East

Richard Nixon has always been at his best when he leaves Washington and its bedeviling problems far behind and jets round the globe. Long ago, he called foreign policy his "strong suit" and the high points of his presidency have consisted of opening new and promising chapters in U.S. relations with old enemies. Never a particularly adroit campaigner at home, he has been boffo in such distant places as Peking, Moscow and Bucharest. Thus it is completely in character that the President this week is beginning a pellmell, week-long tour of five...