While Republican criticism of U.S. foreign policy broke over the head of Secretary of State Dean Acheson, in crushing waves, the one Administration official who seemed completely unconcerned was Defense Secretary Louis Johnson. He even appeared to enjoy the show. During a closed congressional hearing not long ago, Johnson had stared pointedly at a waiting State Department witness and cracked: "Is everyone here cleared for security?" But last week big, brash Louis Johnson was trying hard to answer some pointed questions himself.

The questions came from all quarters. Meeting in Chicago, the...

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