Nation: Saber Rattling By Connally

A risky Middle East stand

To separate himself from the pack of Republican contenders, bold John Connally is staking out a series of controversial positions on U.S. foreign policy. As a political strategy it may be a shrewd move, but the policies themselves may prove risky, even dangerous.

Connally first startled the political establishment three weeks ago with his maverick call for "Palestinian self-determination." He said that in exchange this might win Arab promises of stable oil prices. He also suggested that the deal be policed by U.S. military power.

Connally's statement predictably evoked howls of outrage from friends of Israel, for whom "self-determination"...

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