National Affairs: The Inscrutable Occidentals

To anyone looking on from Asia, the ways of the big, cumbersome and confused U.S. democracy must have seemed last week as inscrutable as the solemn Gautama Buddha himself.

Halfway across the Pacific, Rear Admiral Walter F. Boone eased the big aircraft carrier Boxer into Pearl Harbor, on his way to strengthen the Navy's Seventh Fleet in the Philippines. "I have no 'shoot' orders," he said briskly, "but we are fully prepared for any eventuality and have a full allowance of ammunition . . . The Navy's mobile air power in the Western Pacific...

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