National Affairs: New Realism

Through the grinding experience of the postwar years, the U.S. has sloughed off layer after layer of cherished illusions about its foreign policy, tasted again & again the bitter fruits of indecision and inaction. Last week there were solid signs that the nation's leaders had achieved a course of realism to match the nation's peril.

At Kaesong, even under the threat of a breakdown in the cease-fire talks, U.S. negotiators did not even nibble at the bait: withdrawal of all foreign troops from Korea. Said Secretary of State Dean Acheson with a new bluntness: "A United Nations force must remain...

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