EAST-WEST: Talking Tough to Moscow

Carter emphasizes U.S. strength—and offers an olive branch Moscow was angry, and the transatlantic rhetoric was rising to "chilly war" level. White House aides had privately suggested that Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko had lied to the President. Washington's allies were wondering just who was speaking for the Administration. Was it National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who seemed willing to match the Soviets decibel for decibel? Or was it softer-spoken Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, ever the conciliator? Unmistakably, it was time for Carter himself to speak up and clear...

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