THE PRESIDENCY: Forms Looming in the Mists

Not in many a year have historians, political scientists, economists, pollsters, intelligence analysts and elected officials agreed so unanimously that a few months will be critically important to the U.S. From Jimmy Carter right on down, there is the feeling that by the end of 1979 events will force many decisions out of the current confusion, forms will begin to loom in the gray mists that now cloud the horizon.

Even before the combat troops in Cuba were confirmed, the country was moving to confront itself about the SALT treaty, its military strength and its world leadership role. The Cuban...

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