The Nation: Nixon's World: Facing Up to Realities

HANDED a final draft of the radio address summarizing President Nixon's 180-page report to the Congress on "U.S. Foreign Policy for the 1970s," Presidential Special Assistant William Safire read it through, pronounced it "fine," but predicted that it "would not set the world on fire." The President smiled and replied: "The whole point of our foreign policy is not to set the world on fire." Indeed, the full report is a refreshingly cool and realistic appraisal of the current state of world politics. A sweeping outline of the evolving Nixon foreign policy, it...

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