Foreign News: Someone Must Speak

The cascade of European comments on the U.S. and its foreign policy has grown thick of late with brickbats, ripe tomatoes and plaints that the U.S. is bullying its allies. Last week a hard-bitten veteran of diplomacy tossed in his opinion. Said peppery old (73) Lord Vansittart, longtime Permanent Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and a major voice in British foreign policy until his retirement in 1941: "It is time to stop messing about. Someone must speak out, and it may as well be a lifelong Francophile . . . Europe is pushing the American people toward isolation ....

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