Second Thoughts on the Pipeline

Second Thoughts of the Pipeline

The White House may be seeking a quiet way to reverse itself

Even as the Administration embarked on a risky new military-diplomatic venture in the Middle East, it was simultaneously trying to soften the impact of a wholly different foreign policy venture that had all the earmarks of failure. At issue: Ronald Reagan's on-again, off-again attempt to block construction of the $10 billion, 3,500-mile pipeline that will carry Soviet natural gas from Siberia to energy-hungry Western Europe. Washington's opposition to the pipeline, which the allies regard as essential to their economies, has opened a rift that threatens to...

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