A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 8, 1977

During an interview with TIME last week, President Jimmy Carter was asked why his advisers had not warned him that his human rights policy would annoy the Soviets. Replied Carter with a broad smile: I will have to search the pages of TIME to see if you were materially more prescient than I was six or seven months ago "

We may not have been more prescient, but neither were we especially surprised by theSoviet reaction. At any rate, we have carefully monitored Carter's policytoward the Soviet Union and other powers. This week we undertake a major assessment of...

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