What Next in Asia?

The first few days after the U.S. went into Korea, Americans experienced an immense feeling of relief: at last something had been done. By last week, as G.I.s were fighting doggedly to maintain their foothold on the peninsula (see above), much of that feeling had been transformed into the grimmer realization that far more remained to be done.

Korea was only a tiny appendix to a vast, Red land mass that stretched from the Arctic to the Gulf of Tonkin. Anywhere on its periphery a dozen more Koreas could flare up tomorrow. Washington seemed resigned to the defensive—to wait for...

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