Man Without a Country

Haig ousts an envoy who spoke up once too often

When Israeli planes bombed Beirut last month, Secretary of State Alexander Haig was publicly criticized for being too soft on Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and for not having a coherent Middle East policy. Haig's patience was further strained when Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger assailed Begin's lack of "moderation," a more reproachful view than that of the State Department. So when Haig learned that one of his own ambassadors, Robert Neumann in Saudi Arabia, had joined the chorus of dissent, he decided to make...

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