A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 17, 1979

To the staff of TIME'S Nation section, the news sometimes seems to find a rhythm of its own. Often a story starts the week as an event of modest consequence and then unfolds into a major national controversy — and a cover story. So it went last week, as concern over the discovery of up to 3,000 Soviet combat troops in Cuba grew so intense that it threatened ratification of the SALT II agreement, strained U.S.-Soviet relations, and presented the President with a substantial diplomatic dilemma. Observes Otto Friedrich, senior editor in charge of Nation: "When U.S....

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