Nation: Carter's Balance Sheet

A Panama plus, but overall, there are still too many minuses

It was, all in all, quite a remarkable week for James Earl Carter Jr. At its outset, the President heard that the wavering Senate might inflict a shattering blow to his prestige by rejecting the Panama Canal treaty; the next day it gave him instead a narrow but important victory. On Thursday fell the mournful first anniversary of the introduction of the energy program that Carter had once called the moral equivalent of war; the following day came news of a Senate compromise on...

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