Nation: More Subtle Shades

Jimmy Carter last week defended his conduct of American foreign policy before a group of newspaper editors and broadcasters assembled in Washington. Some excerpts: "Recent events, particularly in Iran and Southeast Asia, have touched off a national debate about what America's role should be in dealing with turbulence and in trying to guide inevitable change.

"As the world becomes more complex, it is more important than ever before that we do not oversimplify events abroad. Bad analysis inevitably leads to bad policy. Instead, we need to be aware of the deep historical forces at work in other countries. To ignore...

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