MIDDLE EAST: Limited Options

Not since Nikita Khrushchev took his missiles out of Cuba in 1962 has any Russian military departure been as momentous as Egypt's abrupt expulsion of Soviet advisers. Yet by last week, Egypt's President Anwar Sadat must have been puzzled by the reaction—or lack of it—of those countries that stood to gain the most from the Soviet eviction. Premier Golda Meir of Israel had responded merely by reiterating her long-standing demand for direct negotiations. Washington was silent on direct White House orders. Even France's President Georges Pompidou turned down an urgent request from...

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