Clinging to The Cold War

Old habits die hard in Washington, where Gorbachev and Bush remain targets of political opportunity

The cold war is over. Intellectuals, diplomats and government officials agree. So does business; last week General Motors signed a $1 billion deal to sell auto parts to the U.S.S.R. Now would somebody please tell Congress? Old thinking dies hard on Capitol Hill, and there are days when the lawmakers seem to have missed the news.

Certainly George Bush has so far failed to get the message across, in part because of his own ambivalence. At his summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, the President proclaimed, "We've moved a long, long way from the depths of the cold war." But asked...