THE ADMINISTRATION: Plain Talk About America's Global Role

Mondale was back from Europe, Young from Africa. Vance was home from Geneva but getting set to fly to Paris. Blumenthal was in Tokyo. Bergland was packing for the Far East. Rosalynn was off on a seven-nation swing through Latin America. The President was delivering his most comprehensive speech on foreign affairs, entertaining an important leader from abroad and holding a press conference at which all but four questions focused on foreign policy.

Plainly, Jimmy Carter has been quick to master a lesson learned by many of his predecessors: it is far easier...

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