Nation: The Question of Who's in Charge

Backstage rivalries trouble the foreign policy team

"Not good" was Ambassador Robert Strauss's verdict on his own mission to the Middle East. He openly complained about the instructions that had been given him and asked who was in charge of U.S. policy on the Middle East. It was an astonishing question for a U.S. diplomat to raise in public. TIME Washington Bureau Chief Robert Ajemian provides at least part of the answer in this report:

There is a dangerous disarray these days in the management of Jimmy Carter's foreign policy. When the State Department was compelled to deny formally that there was any...

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