American Notes: First Veto

Not once had the U.S. exercised its veto in the United Nations Security Council. Though the Soviet Union has voted "nyet" 105 times, it was implicit American policy to use the veto only in grave emergencies.

Thus it was curious that the U.S. last week cast its first U.N. veto against a resolution, supported by a majority of the Security Council, that would have condemned Britain for refusing to use military force to unseat the white minority government of Rhodesia.

The resolution was probably unwise; if Britain had indeed gone into Rhodesia with troops, some U.N. members might have made a...