Nation: He Won't Be Eaten Alive

Muskie's aim: to forge a foreign policy consensus

The man Jimmy Carter wants as his new Secretary of State, not surprisingly, disagrees with his predecessor on the issue that precipitated Vance's departure —the aborted raid to rescue the hostages. "I'd be disappointed if that option had not been explored and tried if feasible," says Ed Muskie. But he adds that he does not feel "comfortable" with the military options and believes the side effects entail "pretty high risks." Though he has no exact formula as yet, the Senator from Maine would like to offer...

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