RELATIONS: The Stockade


The North Atlantic Treaty became public last week. It was greeted in the U.S. by what, considering the immensity of the commitment, seemed almost a disinterested silence.

The pact was perhaps the most fateful peacetime step in U.S. diplomatic history since the Monroe Doctrine. The concern that President James Monroe had extended to the Americas, President Harry Truman had extended from the Tana to the Rhine, and perhaps to Trieste. And how did the U.S. people feel about it? The State Department, which gets bushels of letters when Palestine, China or Spain is involved, had gotten only a trickle in...

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