MIDDLE EAST: Rogers on the Road

MIDDLE EAST Rogers on the Road

In. Cairo last week, workmen slapped thick coats of cream-colored paint on the walls of the U.S. embassy, which has functioned technically as the American Affairs Section of the Spanish embassy since Egypt severed diplomatic relations with Washington four years ago. Gardeners carefully groomed the embassy lawn and chauffeurs diligently polished official black cars. "It's been 18 years since we've had a Secretary of State here," said an American diplomat, surveying the work. "We're making the most of it."

The last visit was hardly auspicious. After John...

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