Newswatch Thomas Griffith: The Duplicitous and Innocent

Of all the tidbits leaked to the Washington Post of what Secretary of State Alexander Haig said privately to his senior staff over the course of a year, the most memorable was his description of the British Foreign Secretary. He called Lord Carrington a "duplicitous bastard." The Post was so proud of its sneak look at what it called the "unvarnished Haig" that it devoted about 300 sq. in. of one day's paper to Haig's "private and apparently candid pronouncements." It proved a damp squib.

As serious practitioners of the art of insult, the British probably dismiss Haig's testy comment on...

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