The Nation: Confronting the Critics

In seeking support for his foreign policy last week, Henry Kissinger had to deal with one rather embarrassing critic of Soviet-American detente—Alexander Solzhenitsyn. It was Kissinger who advised President Ford not to receive Solzhenitsyn because of his view that the meeting might somehow harm relations with the Kremlin. Kissinger misjudged the effect on the public that this decision would have. Conservatives were outraged, and Senator Henry M. Jackson scornfully attacked Kissinger and Ford for "cowering in fear" rather than talking to Solzhenitsyn.

On the day Kissinger spoke in Minneapolis, the Russian Nobel prizewinner warned a group of Senators and Congressmen about the...

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