Up in the Air After Moscow's Gambit

The Administration does summit somersaults

For a month Ronald Reagan had been playing something of an unaccustomed role: the overanxious suitor. At nearly every opportunity, he betrayed his eagerness to meet with his Soviet counterpart. Two days after Mikhail Gorbachev was named Soviet Communist Party leader, Reagan invited him to a tete-a-tete in the U.S. The President's desire did not diminish even after a Soviet guard shot and killed a U.S. officer in East Germany. Said Reagan in a Washington Post interview following the shooting: "I want a meeting even more so, to sit down and look someone in the eye . . . to make...

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