Nation: A Footnote Tour

Carter's very modest exercise

The purpose of the journey, said National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, is to "respond to the new realities in foreign policy and the appearance of new and important countries in the world." It was a windy way to describe the 15,000-mile four-country tour that Jimmy Carter begins this week. Actually, there was little else to say, for the very good reason that nothing much is expected from the seven-day excursion beyond some small gains in good will and a little broadening of the presidential horizons.

Carter's latest foray—to Venezuela, Brazil, Nigeria and Liberia—is a kind of footnote to the...

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