IRAN: After Mossadegh, Who?

Fifteen times during the past three weeks, Assistant Secretary of State George McGhee set out on a little ritual. He would proceed to the suite of Iran's Premier Mohammed Mossadegh, enter, sit down by the Premier's bedside, talk for an hour or two, then depart.

Whether the setting was Washington, New York or Teheran, the Walter Reed Hospital or the Shoreham Hotel, whether the Western spokesman was Henry Grady, W. Averell Harriman or Richard Stokes, talking with 72-year-old Mohammed Mossadegh had already become one of the more futile exercises in modern diplomacy. By last weekend it was increasingly clear that...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!