National Affairs: In a Red Hole

Aristocrats do not raise their voices, but the United States and the Union of Socialist Soviet Republics are two self-made nations. Last week they felt no shame in engaging in an exchange of diplomatic billingsgate. Tossed back into President Roosevelt's teeth with a blunt "protest declined" was his threat of "serious consequences" if Russia continued "flagrant violation" of its pledge not to connive at Red attempts to subvert the U. S. political and social order (see p. 21). Such phrases are followed in the diplomatic lexicon by the caution: "Smile when you say...