Setting the Summit Table

As the Soviet Foreign Minister arrives, Reagan holds the line on Star Wars

There is Ronald Reagan the pragmatist, the leader who despite his brutally frank rhetoric avoids dangerous confrontation, the bargainer who bids high and then, often at the last moment, splits the difference.

Then there is Ronald Reagan the ideologue, the visionary who fastens onto simple--sometimes simplistic--solutions and serenely ignores the mutterings and machinations of official Washington.

Which Reagan will go to the summit in Geneva this November? Unless he was simply trying to keep a lid on expectations for the meeting, the President last week seemed to drop a strong hint that it would be the ideologue. At his first formal...

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