FOREIGN RELATIONS: Just Trying to Get Along

Beaming and looking fit in his civilian tweeds, General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower emerged from a 40-minute conference at the White House. Newsmen waylaid him. Ike greeted them genially. "Get out the cross and let a guy mount it," he grinned. Ike had been summoned by the President to discuss the job which Harry Truman had in mind for him. The job: Supreme Commander of the North Atlantic pact forces in Europe.

Reported Ike: "There was no definite decision." It was a technical hedge. The conference of North Atlantic defense ministers had not yet got to the point of...