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The President’s Plan

William Faulkner's simile for foreign policy

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William Faulkner


Our old foreign policy was like the house policy of the gambling casino: cover all bets, wager everybody he is wrong and depend on the constant and modest profit of the house odds inherent in the dice or deck or wheel. Our new one seems to be the house manager’s asking his syndicate to let the bouncer carry a pistol.

William Faulkner, OXFORD, MISS.