Olympic Nyet

Washington rejects an attaché

The U.S. decision to boycott the Moscow Olympics of 1980 practically ensured that the question of Soviet participation in this year's Los Angeles Games would be highly politicized. Sure enough, Soviet officials have sought to keep their American counterparts off balance by steadfastly refusing to guarantee that they will send a team to California, even as they went through the preliminaries required to do so.

Last week it was Washington's turn to throw a somewhat ungraceful feint that left all involved feigning outrage. On the very day he was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles, the State Department rejected...

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