Vision Problems at State: James Baker

Critics say James Baker has no consistent policies

It may be a great place for a powwow -- but a superpower rendezvous? This week's meeting between Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze takes place not in Washington or New York City but Wyoming's remote Grand Teton National Park, a glorious setting and a logistical nightmare. At a modern-day campsite near Jackson Hole, advance men have hauled in satellite dishes, encryption machines, secure telephones, simultaneous-translation systems, crates of computers, hundreds of pounds of barbecue and a gift box of hand-tooled cowboy boots.

Between talks on arms control and arrangements for a Bush-Gorbachev summit, Baker wants...

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