A NATO Balancing Act

Bush comes up with positive ideas on arms control and trade

George Bush's political gifts include a keen sense of balance: when he finds himself out on a limb, he usually edges back to a less shaky perch. After finally realizing that his Administration's less than enthusiastic reaction to Mikhail Gorbachev's headline-catching arms-control gambits was alienating the NATO allies he will meet with this week in Brussels, the President decided a more positive response was required.

It showed up last week in a bath of warm rhetoric toward Gorbachev -- quite a turnabout from presidential spokesman Marlin Fitzwater's denunciation of the Soviet leader two weeks ago as a "drugstore cowboy" on arms...

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