THE PRESIDENCY: Time for Streamlining

All morning and all afternoon some of the biggest names of U.S. foreign policy slipped unobtrusively into the White House for top-secret meetings. Under Secretary of State Herbert Hoover Jr. was in and out of the President's office all day; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Arthur Radford hurried in through a side door, his aides carrying wooden easels and maps and charts covered with plastic blankets. On hand for two of the secret meetings was Central Intelligence Agency Director Allen Dulles, along with Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis Strauss. As...

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