East-West Chips Off the Bloc

Shultz goes calling in Eastern Europe

As a dream, it lives on in the hearts of true believers. As a strategy, it died years ago. Ever since the dark days of the cold war in the early 1950s, many Americans--especially conservative Republicans--have yearned to "liberate" the "captive nations" of Eastern Europe from the grip of Communism. That the U.S. was powerless to fulfill that wish by action short of war has not stopped various Administrations from trying at least to chip away at Soviet domination of the East bloc. Secretary of State George Shultz last week became the latest U.S. statesman to try, touring a trio of...

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