The U.S. passed a milestone which no American had cause to celebrate. On Feb. 1, the nation marked its 584th day in the Korean war, the same length of time it fought in World War I. In 584 days of Korea, the U.S. had spent $10 billion and counted 105,000 casualties. World War I was a more expensive war—it cost twice as much in arms, more than three times as much in blood. But after 584 days the threat was repulsed, and the war was over. At Panmunjom last week, the truce talks droned on; the hills still echoed...

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