Nation: Back to Maps and Raw Power

The Kremlin teaches Carter a lesson in geopolitics.

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan may have profoundly altered the way Jimmy Carter looks at the world, and therefore the way he shapes U.S. foreign policy. TIME Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott examines the consequences:

When a grim-faced President went on television Jan. 4 to denounce the Soviet army's blitz against Afghanistan, he used what for him was an unfamiliar prop. As Carter talked about "the strategic importance" of the attack, a color-coded map of the embattled region flashed on the screen. It illustrated his warning that...

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