The Nation: Pat's Acupuncture

Until the very last moment, Daniel Patrick Moynihan claims, he did not know whether he would quit as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. "I made up my mind 30 times," he said. "It's like Mark Twain said: 'Giving up smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times.' " Last week Moynihan finally made up his mind: he was resigning.

Nobody was more surprised than his boss. Only five days before, Moynihan had assured the President that he would remain at the U.N. On learning the news, Ford frowned and asked, "Why?"

Institutional Loyalty. The...