FOREIGN RELATIONS: Best Foot Forward

What do you want? A thousand aluminum pistons? An old airplane? A drink? Two drinks? A big blonde? A punch in the nose? You can get it in Detroit—wholesale. The atmosphere in Detroit is large; it differs from that of the diplomatic capitals of Europe. This does not mean that Detroit cannot handle a diplomat now & then. Take last week. Soviet Ambassador Nikolai Vassilievich Novikov was entertained for two full days. And he could tell he wasn't in Budapest.

The ambassador did not seem particularly enchanted with Detroit, nor with the detectives who formed a wall of flesh around...