Sweet and Sour

Jockeying over Geneva positions

The President is committed to getting results," declared National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane. "We will be both flexible and constructive." Promised Soviet Leader Konstantin U. Chernenko: There are no preconditions, and the Soviet Union is willing to discuss all nuclear weapons systems.

Those upbeat sounds last week were designed to create a favorable atmosphere for the meeting on Jan. 7 and 8 in Geneva between Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, at which the two will try to set the agenda for a resumption of...

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