Fighting the Backbiting

Once more—with bad feeling—there is squabbling over U.S. foreign policy

Just when Alexander Haig thought it was safe to go back into the water, with the internecine foreign policy disputes that have characterized his tenure seemingly flushed away by the Administration's victory on the sale of AWACS planes to Saudi Arabia, the Secretary of State once again felt the chill of sharks in the White House out to get him. Though only their dorsal fins were visible, it was generally assumed that lurking beneath the surface of rumor and innuendo was Haig's natural adversary, National Security Adviser Richard Allen. The two...