World: Andy Young Strikes Again

When Cy Vance tells me to shut up, I'll shut up." So said Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young early in 1977, as he embarked on a policy of open-mouth diplomacy that featured a number of ill-timed and poorly conceived outbursts. Last week, following his most incendiary quotations ever, Secretary of State Vance and President Carter finally told Andy Young, in effect, to shut up. Reprimanding Young by telephone, Carter said that he was "very unhappy with [Young's] choice of words ... and several statements." After apologizing, the U.N. Ambassador conceded that he had blundered.

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