National Affairs: Drawing a Line

All along, among the nation's top military men, there had been two conflicting theories about the threatened island of Formosa, 100 miles off the Asiatic coast and the last defendable anti-Communist remnant of China. Douglas MacArthur and Louis Johnson wanted to go to Formosa's aid. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, who have consistently low-rated Asia, argued that the risks weren't worth the gain. Last week, in a day-long meeting at the Pentagon, the Joint Chiefs took second thought.

The recent visit to Japan by Army Under Secretary Tracy Voorhees and Lieut. General Al Gruenther turned the trick. They reported to the Joint...

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