Foreign Relations: Neglected Fences

FOREIGN RELATIONS

Preoccupied with crisis diplomacy in Viet Nam and the Dominican Republic, President Johnson has had little time to think of the rest of the world—including Western Europe, the area of most vital concern to the U.S. Yet no one could doubt that the U.S.'s fences in Europe needed mending, or, at the very least, tending.

In London last week, a high-ranking

British official chided the U.S. for what he called its "sophisticated insouciance" in dealing with Europe. In Bonn, a West German government official said: "The U.S. has a role in Europe....