Threatening to Say Goodbye

Some U.S. officials send a most unhostly message to the U.N.

It was a case of the right hand not knowing what the left was doing. Or maybe the problem was that neither hand knew what it was doing at all. First came U.S. Delegate Charles Lichenstein's inflammatory suggestion last week, during the flap over Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko's canceled visit, that delegates unhappy with a U.S.-based United Nations should consider moving the organization's headquarters elsewhere. Startled White House aides tried to douse that fire by saying that Lichenstein's views were purely "personal." Then U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick sprinkled some kerosene...

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