Nation: Carter's Mideast Muddle

A tribute to Young gives the U.S. a U.N. victory—for now

"It doesn't make a damn bit of difference where the President is, the White House or the banks of the Mississippi," Press Secretary Jody Powell snapped last week. But there was no way of avoiding the contrasting images. On the Mississippi, Jimmy Carter drifted downstream in an imitation 19th century steamboat, waving, dancing and playing a calliope, stepping ashore periodically to shake hands, dandle babies and try to sell his energy program. Back east his top foreign policy aides were engaged in public...

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