The Nation: A Moment to Be Seized

AFTER dropping directly onto Capitol Hill by helicopter following a 13-day journey that covered 16,000 miles, President Nixon strode purposefully through Washington's fading twilight and toward the beckoning cameras of prime television time to report to Congress and the people. He had returned from the camp of the enemy bearing spoils of peace rather than war, but he did not speak in terms of triumph. Confident and businesslike, he displayed a rare restraint, claiming only that his trip to Moscow was "the beginning of a process that can lead to a lasting peace." Appropriate to the achievement, it was the most...

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