The Presidency: More Than Good Neighbors

It would be pleasant if the U.S., as a major power in a complicated age, could present to the world a well-rounded entity known as "foreign policy." But foreign policy can, in fact, consist only of the sum of many disparate parts. The U.S. must deal in special, separate ways with every other country and area in the world, and it is the heavy burden of the nation's President to ensure that the parts make a whole.

Thus, it was as necessary last week that President John Kennedy should caution India's Prime Minister Nehru against taking military action against the insignificant...

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