WESTERN EUROPE: Fruits of Delay

Last September the Foreign Ministers of the Atlantic pact powers met in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria for the first time since the start of the Korean war. The world waited for their obvious move: a ringing announcement of a program for Western Europe's defense. It did not come.

Reports from the conference said that brilliant U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson had never been more brilliant. He did not, however, persuade the French to give up their opposition to arming Western Germany. At no point did the U.S. publicly and with finality tell the...

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