National Affairs: Meeting on the Fifth Floor

In the sleety Washington rain, two black official limousines rolled down 21st Street, driving well beyond the main entrance of the Department of State to turn sharply down a side ramp into State's naked concrete loading basement. Burly Defense Secretary Louis Johnson stepped from his Cadillac into a private elevator, punched the button for the fifth floor. Across the basement General Omar Bradley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dressed in civilian grey, got out of his car, strode briskly across the floor and got into a second private elevator.

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