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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!