The Administration: Two-Way Street

Planning their itineraries for world tours, U.S. officials are fond of omitting Indonesia, the touchy, swarming island nation whose government professes neutralism while practicing anti-Americanism.

To this rule, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy was no exception— and last week he and his wife Ethel flew into Indonesia only at the specific request of State Secretary Dean Rusk. Bobby's mission: to persuade Indonesia to settle peacefully its bitter dispute with The Netherlands about sovereignty over West New Guinea.

Kennedy hammered home his thesis in three talks with Indonesia's showboating, leftist-leaning President Sukarno. He kept it up in talks with Indonesian labor leaders. He...

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