Nation: Nixon Abroad: Applause and Admonitions

IT is one thing for the U.S. to reduce voluntarily its commitments and its military establishment overseas because of a realistic assessment of what a great power can and should do to influence the affairs of other nations. It is far different when such a retrenchment is seen as impelled by outside powers or internal dissent. That could be taken as a sign of weakness. Increasingly concerned that the Soviet Union and others may hold just such a view of the U.S. today, Richard Nixon last week used his European trip to stress U.S. strength.

Though the sudden death of Gamal Abdel...