Nation: Final Thoughts

Since the beginning of the Carter Administration, TIME Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott has covered Cyrus Vance closely, writing about the Secretary's behind-the-scenes struggles with the National Security Council and accompanying him on a number of missions abroad. Talbott reports on how the departing Secretary views the job that he is turning over to Edmund Muskie:

Cy Vance has always been a clean-desk man, so it did not take him long to prepare to leave Washington. That gave him plenty of time on his last day to say goodbye to staffers. Some came out of his mahogany-paneled office with damp eyes. Vance's own...

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