Congress: Standoff

For two years Secretary of State Dean Rusk had adamantly refused to submit to a public third degree by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee over Viet Nam. Last week he agreed to appear, ostensibly to testify on foreign aid.

The expectations were electric, and in some respects, the duel between the Secretary and Committee, Chairman William Fulbright was dramatic enough. But the outcome was a curiously flat standoff.

Cold Cliches. At the end of the first day, prepackaged rhetoric gave way to poignance as Rhode Island's Senator Claiborne Pell asked if it "might be conceivable" that many U.S. allies are correct...

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