How many more columnists are going to blame Gorbachev for "destroying his nation"? (Alexander Cockburn, Column Left, Dec. 12). We could begin by putting some blame where it belongs--President Bush and Secretary of State James Baker.
Gorbachev, both a realist and visionary, last August asked for our assistance. Then as now we argued and agreed to assess the situation. Autumn turned into the bleakest winter. No food, no warm clothes, no medicine--only Bush and Baker's promises to investigate what was needed.