Nation: Soft Words-and a Big Stick

Vance lowers the U.S. voice, but Brown displays the muscle

Shades of T.R.! After weeks of tough talk, apparent inconsistency, and alarums about a revival of the cold war, the Administration last week seemed to have got its foreign policy act together. The policy, to put it in the simplest terms: speak a little more softly, but carry a big stick.

The soft talk came chiefly from Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, who seemed to be making speeches and appearances everywhere as the Administration pointedly thrust him forward as President Carter's chief foreign policy...

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