CHILE: Empty Pots and Yankee Plots

There is an unwritten rule of diplomatic courtesy and prudence that officials of one government should never gossip in public about the problems of another. As the White House was reminded last week, there is sound reason for such restraint. During a press breakfast in Washington, White House Director of Communications Herbert Klein commented that he and Presidential Counsellor Robert Finch both came away from their recent swing through six Latin American countries with the "feeling" that Marxist President Salvador Allende Gossens' government in Chile "won't last long."

The careless remark was tailor-made...

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