Eleventh Hour for AWACS

In quest of a compromise that no one will like

Ronald Reagan was reluctant to believe it. But last week he finally got the message after Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker called at the White House, bringing with him Prince Bandar ibn Sultan, a commander of the Saudi Arabian air force and a member of the royal family. Baker told both President and prince that the White House would have to renegotiate with Riyadh the terms on which the U.S. proposes to sell five sophisticated AWACS radar planes and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Otherwise both houses of Congress were certain...

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