Foreign Relations: The Great Deflation

On the New Frontier, the faces of foreign-policy officials were grimmer, paler and wearier than at any time since the Cuba missile crisis last October. White House and State Department spokesmen talked somberly of a sudden shift from thaw to freeze in the cold war.

The most worrisome sign was the renewed shooting in Laos (see THE WORLD). A Communist takeover there, President Kennedy warned at his press conference, would "put additional pressure" on neighboring Thailand and South Viet Nam, as well as on neutralist, militarily feeble Cambodia.

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