The first steps had been taken quietly, not to say timidly, but last week it was plain that U.S. foreign policy had taken on a new responsibility. The Administration had at last decided to go to the defense of another big slice of the world against the assaults of Communism.

That area was Southeast Asia; the prescription for it would be like the military and economic aid program which had saved Greece and Turkey. The State Department, though it still refused to take any interest in saving strategically vital Formosa (see FOREIGN NEWS),...

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