The face-saving compromise that saved the country from default was simply a promise to deal with the deficit later.
The news release papers things over with friendly quotes that appear to be part of a face-saving effort.
Israel rightly fears that its allies may accept a face-saving, temporary agreement that ignores the key issues.
But it could also be a face-saving measure which would make passing the resolution easier.
Which means the bosses in Tehran will have to unclench their fists and make some face-saving gestures back toward President Obama.
For face-saving purposes, I suggested that the capitulation could be to NATO, rather than other Libyans.
It is possible that the national Newspaper Guild will intervene and find some face-saving way to stage a second vote.
With both sides taking a hard line, it seems difficult for a face-saving solution to be arranged.
Edward, at least, was given the face-saving task of dashing off to see Daddy in hospital.
They both leaped at a chance to make a face-saving agreement.