Nation: The Marines Are Ruled Out

The frustration was almost palpable. There was the U.S., long a superpower, being nakedly blackmailed last week by a mob of fanatical Iranian students. The whole world, so it seemed, was witnessing Washington's humiliation as the Carter Administration desperately struggled to find an acceptable solution.

What could Washington do? Diplomacy did not seem to be getting very far, nor were appeals—via many channels —to the Iranian students to be reasonable. It was no wonder that an increasing number of Americans, in private conversations and in thousands of calls and telegrams to their elected representatives, began raising an old, familiar cry: send in...

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