On State Department calendars one date—December 16—was looming up with the speed of light. On that day Dwight Eisenhower is scheduled to be in Paris for the unprecedented meeting of NATO chiefs of government, an outgrowth of the ringing call for NATO "interdependence" in defense and scientific research, issued by the President and Britain's Prime Minister Harold Macmillan at their meeting last month in Washington. Yet every passing day seemed to bring more complications than solutions; last week State Department technicians were putting in 14-hour days, and Secretary John Foster Dulles'...

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