National Affairs: Foxes & Lions

All week the case-hardened habitués of Washington's Embassy Row looked out upon a rare and wonderful spectacle as the British and French, than whom there are none more nimble, played the diplomatic game of foxes and lions to maneuver themselves out of a jam. Not very many days before, Britain's bombers had, to Washington's astonishment, flown off to bomb Egypt, but now Britain's diplomats, unabashed and socially impeccable, and the French, provocative and chop-logical, were talking elliptically about how the alliance was coming back together again and was certainly the most important thing in the world: "Let us frankly admit there...

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