DIPLOMACY: What Next for Pat Moynihan?

"Pat carries his own precipice around with him under his arm." With that somewhat surrealistic metaphor, an old friend describes Daniel Patrick Moynihan's habit of living close to the edge of trouble through his gift for overstatement and overreaction. But often the statements and reactions are deliberate. When a classified cable from Moynihan blasting the State Department surfaced in the press last week, it looked like the latest gambit in the intrigue between Moynihan and Henry Kissinger.

In his sometimes bracing, sometimes abrasive role as Ambassador to the U.N. (TIME cover, Jan....