Nation: Mission to the Middle East

Vance tries to rally support but finds many Arabs up in arms

Rarely had Cyrus Vance been so ebullient. In the hours after his Boeing 707 took off from Washington for the Middle East last week, the Secretary of State was still basking in the glow of the Camp David summit. After 20 months on the job, Vance had finally helped score an important foreign policy achievement for the U.S., and he was justifiably proud. Wearing a sweater and slacks, he sat in the aisle talking to reporters for more than an hour. But as the plane flew...

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