The World: Can Henry Fire Nixon?

The relationship between President Nixon and his Secretary of State is currently one of the more fascinating force fields in the world. In a witty, acerbic speech to the Women's National Democratic Club in Washington, Thomas Hughes, a former Assistant Secretary of State and currently the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, last week gave a rather special and caustic view of Kissinger and Nixon —and their present dilemmas.

"Both were incurably covert, but Kissinger was charming about it," Hughes said, beginning a litany of yes-buts. "Both abhorred bureaucracy, but Nixon was reclusive about it. Both engaged in double talk,...

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