FOREIGN RELATIONS: Challenge & Response

An outrage!

The words were President Harry Truman's. He meant the Communist seizure of Hungary (see INTERNATIONAL). It was no ill-considered, uncalculated outburst. The President had had a week to prepare his answer to Russia's challenge of the Truman Doctrine. Warned the President: the U.S. will not stand idly by.

On the Senate floor, Arthur Vandenberg had anticipated the President's anger. Said the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee: "Nowhere have Communists more openly presented a more cynical illustration of their idea of democracy. . . . Nowhere has this violation of the basic freedoms . . . raised more definite...

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