Foreign News: Listening Mission

Never before in U.S. history had a Secretary of State visited, the Middle East. This week John Foster Dulles, accompanied by Harold Stassen, began a 20-day flying, fact-finding tour of the area. Dulles emphasized as he left the U.S.: "I shall bring with me no specific plans or programs, nor do I intend to ask the governments I visit for any decisions. I shall listen intently . . ."

In fact, the trip had been planned before Stalin's death and the reopening of Korean truce talks; Dulles would have liked to stay close to events in Washington, but he feared that cancellation...

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