Anyone for a Peaceful Consensus?

Other foreign policy issues demand Reagan's attention

Ronald Reagan's summer vacation in Santa Barbara was interrupted not only by the new crisis in U.S.-Soviet relations. Other urgent turns in overseas affairs were demanding the Administration's attention. Last week the nation suffered its first combat fatalities among the 1,370 U.S. Marines assigned to peacekeeping duties in Lebanon: two Marines were killed, hit by mortar fire.

Shocked and saddened, President Reagan ordered American forces beefed up in the area with an additional 2,000 seaborne Marines to be stationed in the waters off Beirut. The Reagan...

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