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January 29, 1989
What Gov. George Deukmejian has done is call a summit meeting of some 26 persons to discuss a state gas tax and financing highway construction (Times, Jan. 23). While it's useful to involve leaders in such matters, the summit seems seriously twice flawed: appointees and the agenda itself. It's all right, I suppose, for Republicans to appoint Republicans, and Democrats, Democrats. (Especially when this promises a public good). But there's more to this summit than simply picking friends to run it. Or people of same politics, bad as that is. Master politicians are usually concerned with more than their image.
August 11, 1991
Soviet Black Berets viciously attacked and killed Lithuanian custom officers and border guards on the first day of Mikhail Gorbachev's visit to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. And on Aug. 1, with the entire world watching the final news conference of the summit, they again attacked and killed six more unarmed Lithuanian custom officials in an ugly incident on the Byelorussian-Lithuanian border. How can we ever accept Gorbachev's leadership of the Soviet Union when he can't control a handful of terrorists in his own military ranks who willfully disobey him and are intent on humiliating him?
October 15, 1985
Barnes' article makes the point that the Reagan White House, rightly in Barnes' view, regards the Reagan-Mikhail Gorbachev meeting as a "no-win summit" because, with arms control the issue, "the President can't get any pluses out of the summit." A "senior White House adviser," he tells us, has concluded that what's really important is that, "above all," Reagan has to to "capture the agenda public affairs-wise." And, it is not only the White House, Barnes says, but also the National Security Council, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the State Department as well, of course, the hard-liners in the Defense Department, who "view the U.S.-Soviet summit meeting in Geneva with fear and loathing."
The ambivalence with which Americans greet Bill Clinton in the seventh year of his presidency is now the stuff of political science: An enormous and often lubricious curiosity has evolved into an uneasy boredom.
It's started off as that sort of summit for President Bush: Not only did the Soviets balk at his Persian Gulf policy, but his limousine sideswiped a palace, the fuses blew in his embassy and the Germans upstaged him at the ceremonies. Maybe the blown fuse was a bad omen for Bush's meeting with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The Soviet chief had barely entered the palatial residence of U.S. Ambassador Walter J. P.
August 28, 1986 | United Press International
Arms control talks between the Soviet Union and the United States have deteriorated and there is no guarantee a second summit between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev will be held this year, a leading Soviet expert on East-West relations said Wednesday. Georgy A.
April 4, 1986 | Associated Press
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev definitely wants a full summit with President Reagan, but it is unclear what agreements he expects to reach at the meeting, two U.S. congressmen said today. Reps. Dante B. Fascell (D-Fla.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and William S. Broomfield (R-Mich.) met for nearly three hours with Gorbachev in the Kremlin.
July 15, 1986 | Associated Press
Former President Richard M. Nixon spent 2 1/2 hours discussing Soviet-American relations with Soviet President Andrei A. Gromyko in the Kremlin today, Nixon's spokesman said. John Taylor, the former President's spokesman, said he could give no details of the meeting, which he said was a one-on-one conversation with only two translators present. Earlier today, Nixon met for about 15 minutes with Georgy A.
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