Foreign News: No Time for Laughter

While the Communists looked on and sometimes laughed, the West spent most of the week stepping on each other's toes, complaining, apologizing and explaining themselves to each other.

An overexcited and incomplete report of Dulles' press conference (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS) came to France's Georges Bidault in the midst of an afternoon session. Set-faced and grim, Bidault accosted the U.S.'s Under Secretary of State Walter Bedell Smith the minute the session was over. "What does this mean?" he demanded bluntly. Smith hastily telephoned Washington for a full transcript of Dulles' press conference.

Even after...

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