Nation: Carter: Looking Becalmed

The White House is strangely silent at a time of crisis abroad

The languid tropical air of sunny Guadeloupe slows down most people, and Jimmy Carter seemed to be no exception. As he finished up his summit and brief holiday on the Caribbean island last week, he behaved, to all appearances, like any other vacationer: at ease in a time of turmoil. Carter, to be sure, was in the midst of digesting all the disturbing news abroad; he was preparing for the opening of the 96th Congress this week and conferring with advisers on the State of the Union address that he...

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