World: Top Dogs and Underdogs

Over lunch in a Washington restaurant, a senior Soviet diplomat turned to a U.S. acquaintance. "You Americans are top dogs who are going down fast," he said. "We are underdogs coming up fast. We have Pompidou and Brandt going to Moscow. Heath is coming to get his astrakhan hat, and he might even get a keg of vodka too. They are turning our way. They are trying to strike bargains because they know we are moving up and you are moving down."

In European capitals as well, Soviet diplomats are seeking out their Western...

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