National Affairs: New Policy, New Broom

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Over Jupiter Island, north of Palm Beach on Florida's east coast, a stiff wind was blowing. It rattled the palm trees with a sound like distant machine guns, piled huge stacks of cumulus clouds in front of the sun. From the sea, a salty film of spindrift swept over the cluster of snug beach houses. In one of them last week, sitting intently by his radio, Under Secretary of State Robert Abercrombie Lovett listened to the President's undramatic announcement of a dramatic new turn in U.S. foreign policy.

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