Squabbling over Statecraft

A briefing in a New Zealand bar boomerangs in Washington

"Ambassador Kirkpatrick did a superb job, which has been characteristic of her performance at the United Nations from the outset." So said Secretary of State Alexander Haig last week about Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. That gracious praise was not exactly spontaneous: Haig was scrambling to patch up the damage done by leaks from his own aides, who had criticized Kirkpatrick's handling of a U.N. resolution condemning Israel for its bombing of Iraq's nuclear reactor. The sniping infuriated not only Kirkpatrick...

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