DIPLOMACY: An Alliance in Need of D

Acrimony and pique have been building up behind the façade of the Atlantic Alliance for months. Last week they erupted, exposing American-European relations at their worst in years. What triggered the blowup was an informal talk that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gave to about 225 wives of Congressmen at the State Department. Apparently unaware that journalists were present and thinking that his remarks would be off the record, Kissinger abandoned the carefully measured phrases of diplomacy of which he is a grand master.

"I would say that the biggest problem American foreign policy confronts," he grumbled, "is...

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