Nation: Search for a Way Out

The rhetoric intensifies as Carter tries to defuse the Cuban crisis

Not since the Mayaguez incident of 1975 had the National Security Council been called to a nighttime meeting so hastily convoked at the White House. By 8 p.m. last Thursday, the first of the dark limousines and Government sedans of Jimmy Carter's top security aides began rolling through the gates to let off their passengers at the West Wing entrance. When the summons had gone out from Carter, the officials were scattered across the capital. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski had just delivered...

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