"As the world is knit together today, there is nowhere where American influence does not count, nowhere where it may not be markedly beneficent," wrote London's Spectator last week. "Nothing indeed demonstrates that more clearly than the sense of vacuum created when
America has for a brief interval to mark time in her diplomatic activity." In Paris, the Socialist Le Populaire waited less patiently for the U.S. election to be over: "This period of uncertainty . . . has been largely responsible for the many misunderstandings between European states and the U.S. in ... the last few weeks."
"Unhappy State." The...