Nation: The Neutron Bomb Furor

A mishandled power play produces international confusion

"What is going on?" asked a bewildered official in the West German Chancellery last week. "Has Jimmy Carter decided or hasn't he?" Sighed a high-ranking West German diplomat: "Carter's unpredictability makes any thing possible." In Paris, the left-leaning daily Le Monde observed in an editorial: "Rarely has American confusion and emptiness been so deep." At NATO headquarters in Brussels officials shook their heads incredulously and hoped that the President would explain his seeming reversal of U.S. policy.

There was similar consternation in Washington, from the Pentagon and...

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