THE NATION: The Rock & the Drift

As old Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, made his way across the eastern half of the U.S. last week, there was something manifestly rocklike about his manner. It was more than his flinty visage, more than his granitic words of advice (see below). In Konrad Adenauer the nation perceived a solid faith that the only way to preserve the West against Communism—smiling or unsmiling—is a steadfast pursuit of the policy of strength. Measured by Adenauer the Rock, it was clear how far the Western allies have drifted since Moscow began its seductive foreign policy aimed...

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