FOREIGN RELATIONS: Until the Dust Settles

Smiling wryly, Secretary of State Dean Acheson opened his press conference last week by quoting Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII:

An old man broken by the storms of state

Is come to lay his weary bones among ye.

Give him a little earth for charity!

For three days, virus X had slowed up the new Secretary. His job also gave him occasional chills and fever.

On the healthy side, Acheson had helped polish the final draft of the North Atlantic pact. It now pledged the U.S. to defend Western Europe with armed force, if necessary—reserving...

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