THE NATIONS: Spring Maneuvers

Things began to fall into place. Last week the Truman Doctrine, still not entirely clear to Washington, was having crystal clear effects in other capitals. In Hungary, the Communists pushed out the democrats (see FOREIGN NEWS). In France and Italy, the democrats pushed out the Communists. The pattern made sense.

Hungary, occupied by the Red Army, lies beyond direct reach of U.S. policy. So the Russians decided to consolidate their power before the Red Army withdrew. France and Italy, on the other hand, lie in a world where U.S. economic and political pressure cannot yet be shut off by the...

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