THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Return to Realism

The world has grown more dangerous in the past few months. Tension over oil and the unrelenting growth of the Soviet arsenal have sent shock waves into the American system. "Nuclear war is becoming more probable," laments Richard Barnet of the Institute for Policy Studies. Yes, confesses one of President Carter's principal strategic planners, there is "a change in attitude" in the White House. There is the growing realization that the U.S. must sustain and demonstrate its power, even be prepared to use it.

As if orchestrated, the nation's clergy are raising their...

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