Do-Nothing Detente

George Bush finally thinks he has a policy toward Moscow -- hang tough and see what happens -- but U.S. allies fear he is missing a historic chance

In the 3 1/2 months since George Bush's Inauguration, the world has been waiting to discover what attitude the new U.S. Administration would adopt toward the extraordinary events in the Soviet Union. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze have continued their odysseys through world capitals, proclaiming the promise of perestroika and the end of ideological conflict. All the while, the White House has turned away questions -- whether from allies, Soviets or the American press -- with the explanation that a sweeping policy review was under way.

Now, with Washington and its NATO partners openly quarreling about whether...

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