THE NATION: Collapsing Front

Even as the nation good-naturedly shook hands with itself after the election battle, the realities of the world came crowding back. The Berlin airlift was clapped under new Russian pressures. The U.S.-supported Sophoulis cabinet wobbled and fell in Greece. Along the nation's East Coast a wildcat strike of longshoremen exploded into a full-scale tie-up. Then last week came the news that the whole Nationalist government in China faced collapse, that Nationalist China was fighting for its life on the Suchow front.

What could the U.S. do? Washington was publicly silent. Senator Styles Bridges, chairman of the congressional "watchdog" committee on...

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