National Affairs: THE U.S. GETS A POLICY

This Winter's Events Fix the Goal and Plot the Course

THE biggest news in the world today is that the U.S. has acquired a positive policy to combat Communism. The goal is becoming clear, the basic decisions have been taken and a strategic outline for the free world set.

These decisions are not contained in any official speech or congressional action or secret military report. They were made as democracies usually make high policy in times of crisis: the people get ahead of their leaders; acceptance precedes proposal; operation outruns plan; event shapes intent.

In its issue of Jan. 15, TIME noted ("Giant in...

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