Foreign Relations: Ambassador Extraordinary


When Richard Nixon lost the California governorship race in 1962, an acerbic English journalist wrote a political obituary. "Nixon's record suggests a man of no principle whatever," chided the pseudonymous columnist "Flavus" in London's New Statesman. Flavus, alias John Freeman, then editor of the socialist weekly, added for good measure in 1964 that Nixon and some other leading Republican hopefuls were "discredited and outmoded purveyors of the irrational."

Times change. This week Freeman flies to Washington as Britain's 35th diplomatic representative to the U.S. Paramount to Ambassador Freeman's mission will...

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