Middle East: Trying to Break the Impasse

MIDDLE EAST Trying to Break the Impasse Reagan expresses frustration, but no one has new ideas

The sun was rising over Washington when, promptly at 7 a.m. last Wednesday, Vice President George Bush convened a special high-level meeting in the White House Situation Room. National Security Adviser William Clark was there, along with CIA Chief William Casey, Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Special Envoy Philip Habib, who had been hastily summoned home from his diplomatic shuttle in the Middle East. The purpose of the gathering: to find a way to break the impasse in negotiations to secure the withdrawal of Israeli,. Syrian...

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