THE CONGRESS: Debate on Berlin

Without advance fanfare, and with almost no audience, the U.S. Senate sparked last week to one of the most important debates on U.S. foreign policy of the 1950s. Subject at issue: the crisis of Berlin. Key debater: Connecticut's white-maned Senator Thomas John Dodd, 51, freshman Democrat making his maiden speech. Dodd aimed eloquent oratorical guns at critics who "attack our policy as too rigid and inflexible," and those who sneer at a U.S. foreign policy based on moral principles. Before he had taken his seat, he had crossed swords with such eminent senior Democratic defenders of flexibility as Arkansas'...

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