Trying to Bury a Hatchet

The U.S. adopts a gentler tone, but will the Kremlin respond?

The Reagan Administration did its best last week to suggest that the changing of the guard in the Kremlin was an opportunity for the superpowers to thaw their frigid relations. After his meeting with Konstantin Chernenko, Vice President George Bush declared that the two men had agreed on the need "to place our relationship upon a more constructive path." He added, "The mood was good, the spirit was excellent. It signals that we can go from there."

Chernenko was considerably less ebullient. In his...

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