Around the world America is taking a beating. The U.S. stands by helplessly - fearful of "other Vietnams" - while free - world interests crumble in the Middle East and elsewhere. How long will it be before Washington's allies are forced to make other arrangements to protect themselves? There's a growing view that America is an international patsy," complains Tennessee Senator Howard Baker. Baker's comment cannot be dismissed as mere 1980 presidential campaign rhetoric - although Republican hopefuls are attempting to capitalize on President Jimmy Carter's string of recent foreign policy setbacks. Another G.O.P. contender, John Connally of Texas, is equally critical. He proclaims that "we seem to have lost our zest for strong leadership we have to recapture our pride and self-respect before others can feel it for us."
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