Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 4, 1976 · Page 10
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'Detente' Doesn't Mean 'Relax'; Simply Confrontation With Brakes ... . .i . . i . .^^~ ^ i it . . ._t _r ii — J Li.r..» i ii it *^ * f .it.-. —By NEA-London Economist News "Service "The actions of the Warsaw Pact are having a major influence in shaping the situation not only in Europe, but far beyond Europe." Gen. Alexander Haig, Nato commander in Europe, pointing the usual Nato finger of alarm? James Schlesinger, skeptic about detente and dismissed Secretary of Defense? No, it was Andrei Gromyko, foreign minister of the Soviet Union, writing recently in Kommunist, the monthly organ of the Soviet Communist party. Gromyko added that "The forces of peace and progress" now have a "visibly increased preponderance" and may be in a position to "lay down the direction of international politics." The main event of the first weeks of 1976 is the fact that it has suddenly become popular in the West to admit that what Gromyko says may actually be true. Since the Soviet intervention in Angola, the minority of voices which have long been arguing that the kernel of truth in detente has been lost under layers of dangerous illusion have started to become a majority. The kernel of truth in detente consist of two propositions. First, the countries which possess nuclear weapons have a powerful interest in trying to keep their nuclear arsenals in some kind of balance, thereby lessening the danger that they will be used; and this points to an attempt to keep their non-nuclear strength in balance too. This is the arms-control part of genuine detente. Second, detente is one possible way in which the democracies can try to make up for their permanent disadvantage in dealing with authoritarian states. This permanent disadvantage is the fact that democracies have a public opinion'in a way dictatorships do not; public opinion understandably dislikes war, and having to pay for the armies that might have to fight a war; and it is therefore desirable to limit the extent to which public opinion is asked to face either of those disliked things. This is the argument for going on talking to the Soviet Union in an attempt to settle minor disputes by political compromise, so that when a major issue comes up public resolution will not have been so whittled away in a series of lesser crises that it is incapable of making a stand. This is the crisis-frequency-limiting part of detente, and the part Henry Kissinger, as he contemplates what he sees as the erosion of American will to take on Timei Herald, Carroll, la. Thursday, March 4, 1976 10 iMMiimiiimtini Russia in Angola or anywhere else, thinks is most important. It is probably no accident that the Angola war, more than any previous event, has helped to prick the bubble of, detente. The very remoteness of Angola — which persuaded the American Congress that it did not justify even a small expenditure'of American money — is also a striking example of the expanding range of Soviet ambitions. The Angola issue may be less-than-central (though its possible effect on the hopes of peace in the rest of southern Africa means that it is by no means negligible); but it has provided a salutary shock on the wider East-West issue — if not on Angola itself. The valid core of detente — though it really needs another word — is therefore reduced to three things: 1. The attempt to balance the armed strength of the Western alliance and the Warsaw Pact should certainly continue. This includes the present Russian-American missile negotiations, arid the parallel talks about limiting the size of the armiesjn central Europe. But it is doubtful whether these are going to .succeed, because it is doubtful whether the Russians really want a balance of strength; they may be trying to reinforce that "visibly increased preponderance" Gromyko spoke of. 2. There can obviously be no objection to agreements on specific issues which bring roughly equal benefit to both sides. The Berlin agreement of 1971 probably fell under that heading. So do some trade agreements, when these are designed to remove obstacles to what would otherwise be a mutually beneficial flow of goods, and do not merely divert resources from healthier uses for the sake of some hypothetical future political benefit. Three Congressmen Take Mobile Offices to the People By Deborah K. Simon (Drake University Journalism Student) DES MOINES — Three Iowa congressmen aren't waiting for people to come to their offices in the state; they are taking their offices to the people. Sen. Dick Clark, Rep. Berkley Bedell and Rep. Tom Harkin are among the growing number of U.S. congressmen who are using mobile offices rather than the standard stationary offices within their districts. " ... An office on wheels will be better able to reach out to Northwest Iowa people on a regular basis," Bedell said in a recent press release to towns' within his district. Bill E. Nolle of Atlantic, who is retired.' summed up what ••many constituents are saying about the mobile offices, "I think it's very good . .. That way they can find out what's on our minds. "We put them in office, but they got to get back to us once in awhile to see what we want. Or how do they know we're going to put them back again,"Nolle added. Many of the constiluenls visiling Ihe unils are like Nolle, who stopped in when Clark's mobile office spent a recent day in Atlantic. Nolle and Rob Hubler. Ihe field represenlalive who lakes Clark's office across Iowa, discussed lopics ranging from laxes lo prayer in school lo Ihe $2 bill lo Ihe cosl of living. Hubler look noles on Nolle's opinions and problems and will forward Ihem lo Clark in Washington. Olher consliluenls may have queslions or opinions on a single issue. Slill olhers have individual Social Securily or lax problems. Opinions are senl lo Washinglon, where Ihey are lallied. Congressmen respond lo opinions and queslions by personal mail. Individual Social Securily and lax problems are handled by case' workers on Ihe congressmen's staffs. Hubler said the mobile office especially serves rural and elderly people who do not have the time or means lo visil Ihe senalor's olher offices in Iowa. Clark's mobile office, which started, on the road Jan. 12, visits one to Ihree cilies in every counly and is scheduled lo travel across Ihe slale approximalely Iwice a year. In Ihe firsl month, Clark's office traveled about 4,000 miles. Bedell's and Harkin's mobile offices travel Iheir dislricls in weslern and cenlral Iowa on a monlhly basis. 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Both the House and the Senate now have provisions for f u n d i ng'when a congressman chooses a mobile rather than stationary office. The allowance generally covers the cost of leasing and insuring the mobile unit and the cost of fuel. The provisions do not allow staff members to stay overnight in the units, so each congressman must provide lodging for the staff members while the offices are on the road. Hubler said, "The restrictions are to make" sure they're not supplying every senator with a recreational vehicle." Brenda O'Lenick, assistant clerk for the House Administration Committee, said the trend toward mobile offices is growing. Approximately 48 representatives now have mobile offices. Clark is one of three senators with mobile offices. As Thomas, of Harkin's staff, said, "I think it will be standard for every congressman in the near future to have a mobile office. It's very .effective in.,keeping in touch with what the people are thinking." ilowa Bookshelf Edited By Mary Ann Riley A PAINTED DEVIL. By Rachel Billington. (Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, Inc., $7.95) After studying the picture on the dust cover of the author, young and pretty Lady Rachel Billington dressed in a tatty igingham dress and a flower-bedecked picture hat, I expected absolutely nothing from this book. Surprisingly, A Painted Devil is a good book — entertaining and very well written. Small wonder! Rachel Billington is the sister of Antonia Fraser, one of the better English writers. We first meet the main characters in Florence: Edward, a brilliant young artist; Tristram, Edward's old school friend and former lover and a painter himself; and Fenella, blue-eyed and black-haired, a serious student of art history. They are young romantics in a romantic city. But their fantasy ends when they come together in London. Edward and Fenella marry, but they are dissatisfied by the commonness of the experience. Living separately, Edward paints • 3. It is also necessary for the' two superpowers to keep up the practice of consulting each other when their friends in parts of the world away from the European front line seem to be heading towards a fight that could involve them. The most obvious example is the Middle East; southern Africa could be another before long. But that is about it. This list does not warrant the word "detente," with it comfortable implication that we can afford to sit back and relax. "Confrontation with brakes" would be a better name, even if (as Brezhnev knew when he plugged "detente") it is not as catchy. obsessively and is soon recognized in London art circles for his great talent. Fenella slowly and painfully loses all touch with reality. Tristram lives in a dream world of alcohol and marijuana. 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