Special Section: CRISIS AND CONFRONTATION

WHITE HOUSE YEARS: PART 3

War in Jordan. Should the U.S. intervene, or should it give Israel the go-ahead to help King Hussein with attacks against the Syrian invaders? "I have decided it," says Richard Nixon in a dawn phone conversation with Henry Kissinger. "Don't ask anybody else. Tell him [Israel's Yitzhak Rabin], 'Go.' "

War on the Indian subcontinent. Would the Chinese jump in on Pakistan's side? Would the Soviets then move against China? "We were on the verge of a possible showdown. If the Soviet Union threatened China, we would not stand idly by. A country we...

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