THE NATION: Exasperation v. Patience

At the highest levels in Washington, reflecting a situation that is doubtless nationwide, two moods are pitted against each other. Both concern the Korean truce talks that have dragged along for seven months. One Washington mood was described last week by a foreign diplomat as "a rising note of exasperation." The other mood is patience—continued patience until Communists break the uneasy stalemate that now prevails in East Asia.

Among the exasperated are the Navy and the Air Force. Last week Navy Secretary Dan A. Kimball, speaking in Milwaukee, digressed forcefully from a prepared text. "If, God forbid," he said, "we do...

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