National Affairs: The Long, Difficult Road

In conversational tones but with carefully chosen words, Secretary of State Dean Acheson last week defined the new position on foreign policy that the Administration had slowly—and sadly—come around to: the U.S. is putting its hope of peace not in negotiations with the U.S.S.R. but in the old-fashioned doctrine that strength bows only to strength.

"We have seen that agreements reached with the Soviet government are useful when those agreements register facts or a situation which exists," Acheson told his news conference, "and that they are not useful when they are merely agreements which do not register the existing facts." In the...

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