Latin America: A Quieter Round 3

Nelson Rockefeller swooped down into the sparkling capital city of Brasilia last week amid smiles and cordiality. A bevy of schoolchildren from the American School sang The Star-Spangled Banner, and beaming Brazilian dignitaries, headed by Foreign Minister José Magálhaes Pinto, listened approvingly to Rocky's arrival statement, made in Spanish-accented Portuguese. Not a demonstrator was in sight, and even the blue-clad security police were by and large inconspicuous.

The peaceful welcoming scene was a far cry from Rockefeller's two earlier missions to Latin America, where anti-U.S. demonstrations marred his consultations with local...

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