DIPLOMACY: When Halfway Is Not Enough

At a dinner given for the two leaders midway through their summit meeting in Iceland last week, Richard Nixon hoisted a glass to Georges Pompidou and offered the French President both a gracious toast and a telling reminder.

"I came a little more than halfway for this meeting," Nixon said. "Your trip was four hours, mine was 5½ hours. Whether I came more than halfway in these discussions remains to be seen."

By the end of the leaders' seven hours of talks in Reykjavik, it seemed fairly clear that the U.S. President had...

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