THE NATION: Who's Got the Ball?

The State Department found itself last week in the position of a quarterback who hasn't noticed that his team has possession of the ball. While opportunities for progress against world Communism seethed about them, U.S. public policy spokesmen remained on the defensive, snarled in the wrangle with Syngman Rhee and the "book-burning" controversy.

Russia's troubles in Eastern Europe provided the first great test of the "liberation policy" advocated by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. At various times since 1950, Dulles has said:

¶ "It is time to think in terms of taking the...

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