Indonesia: End of the Line?

Indonesia's strategic location in the western Pacific and its heft as the world's fifth most populous nation have made the U.S. especially patient in dealing with the exasperating President Sukarno. But as he and the Indonesian Communist Party (P.K.I.) have grown increasingly violent in recent months, U.S. patience has worn thin. Last week President Johnson dispatched Veteran Diplomat Ellsworth Bunker, 70, to Djakarta to see what is left to save in Indonesian-American relations.

Very little, obviously. The U.S. has closed down its $50 million average annual aid program to Indonesia as well as its five USIS libraries, which had been repeatedly...

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