FOREIGN RELATIONS: Forward Observer

The U.S. embassy in Bonn is one of the most exacting and sensitive posts in the diplomatic service. The ambassador must function both as a striped-trousered forward observer, peering over the Iron Curtain, and, at the same time, as a soothing agent for West Germany's indomitable old (83) Chancellor Konrad Adenauer. President Eisenhower's first choice to succeed retiring Ambassador David K. E. Bruce was Under Secretary of State Robert Murphy, the U.S.'s ablest diplomatic troubleshooter; Murphy bowed out in favor of retirement after 38 years in the Foreign Service (TIME, Nov. 9). Last week the President selected Walter C. Dowling,...

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