Deplorable You

The U.S. recognized the new government of Panama last week. But, as Secretary of State Dean Acheson implied at his press conference, this merely meant an admission by the U.S. that brazen Arnulfo Arias had caught the brass ring on Panama's political merry-go-round. "The act of recognition," said the Secretary, "does not constitute approval of the manner in which the present government came into power. We have, in fact, publicly deplored the means by which the political changes in Panama since Nov. 19 were effected."

Critics of the State Department's Latin American policy noted impatiently that its "recognize-and-deplore" formula had given...

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