Diplomacy: A Pen Pal for Mrs. T.

A Pen Pal for Mrs. T.

"Polite and businesslike" was the way White House Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater described last week's meeting between British Labor Party Leader Neil Kinnock and President Ronald Reagan. "Cool tending toward frosty" might have been more apt. The President criticized Labor's call for British nuclear disarmament, saying it not only hurt NATO but "undercut our negotiating position at Geneva."

Kinnock had no reason to expect warm amiability. After all, at the moment he was in the Oval Office, and a book of speeches by Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was being prepared for April publication with a glowing foreword by the President. She...

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