National Affairs: Important but Not Essential

The signs of exhaustion were plain on John Foster Dulles' face as he stood before 150 reporters and photographers in the State Department's sleek auditorium. As he answered questions that ranged all over his mountain of problems, his left eye twitched rapidly and the corners of his mouth sagged. The questions that were to cause him the most trouble in a troublous week came almost casually.

Q. Do you think, Mr. Secretary, that the Southeast Asia area can be held without Indo-China?

A. I do.

Q. Are Laos and Cambodia essential to the successful defense of Southeast Asia?

A. No. They are important, but by...

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