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For decades, America has been locked in hostile confrontation with the two great Communist powers, the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. We were engaged with the one at many points and almost totally isolated from the other, but our relationships with both had reached a deadly impasse [standstill]. All three countries were victims of bondage about which George Washington long ago warned in these words: The nation which indulges toward another an habitual [constant] hatred is a slave to its own animosity [hatred].

With which nation was the United States “engaged at many points”? From which was it “almost totally isolated”?

Why is “an habitual hatred” of another nation such a bad thing, according to Washington and Nixon?

According to the passage, what was the situation between the United States and China and the United States and the Soviet Union?

Why did Washington and Nixon both believe that everyone was the loser in this situation?

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