The Nation: Letting Go

The author of the Administration's infelicitous phrase "benign neglect" ought to know when to leave well enough alone, and that is exactly what U.S. Ambassador to India Daniel P. Moynihan counseled from New Delhi not long ago in a wry cable to the State Department. The Agency for International Development had made a promise to the Indian government in April that an AID apartment-dining complex would be turned over to India. Two weeks ago Moynihan made good on the promise. Later the same day the State Department cabled him to hold up the gift, hoping to retain at least part of...

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