The United States secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, has begun his visit to four?
The United States secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, has begun his visit to four Arab capitals and Israel. Political observers say he could be risking his political career on the outcome of his visit--many feel that he is the link in what may be the last chance for peace in the Middle East.
In the United States, Mr. Rogers--a novice in foreign affairs when he come to his job--has faced formidable competition in the management of diplomatic tactics and in the definition of policy to the Congress and to the public.
Although there has been no major policy split between the State Department and the White House, the differences of emphasis on the Middle East question betray slight disagreements. President Nixon and his top foreign affairs advisor, Dr. Henry Kissinger, last year made known their distress and alarm over Soviet missiles near the Suez Canal.
Mr. Rogers is no stranger to negotiation. He has dealt with the Russians and the Vietnamese with varying success. Since his appointment in 1969, Mr. Rogers has travelled twice through Asia and the Pacific and is said to be the architect of the American policy aimed at bringing the People's Republic of China out of its self-imposed isolation. World War II brought Mr. Rogers and Mr. Nixon together for the first time--both trained as Naval officers in 1942. After the war, Mr. Rogers turned to the law profession, becoming a senior partner in a New York-Washington law firm. He is one of Mr. Nixon's most trusted political councellors.