Middle East Plight of the Moderates

Arab leaders feel betrayal even as the Senate approves a Saudi arms sale

It was not exactly a smashing political victory for Ronald Reagan, but at least the President avoided what could have been a foreign policy disaster. As White House officials clustered around TV sets to watch deliberations, which were being televised for the first time last week, the Senate approved by the narrowest possible margin an Administration plan to sell $265 million worth of missiles to Saudi Arabia. Opponents of the proposal had one less than the 67 Senators needed to override a presidential veto.

The Administration saved the day by making the issue a matter of White House prestige. Last year...

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