Diplomacy: Bargain on Berlin?

As usual, the headlines out of Berlin were dramatic—an American commandant held up at the East-West frontier; a Soviet jeep chased by U.S. troops in retaliation. General Lucius Clay, the President's special representative in Berlin, flew to Washington to demand that the local commander get more freedom to slug back at Communist provocations, unhampered by "contingency plans" requiring a check with Washington before action.

But the big news came in Washington, where Secretary of State Dean Rusk was proposing a change in U.S. policy. After all the talk of a new Berlin agreement, the U.S. seemed, in effect, ready to...

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