FOREIGN RELATIONS: What We Are Trying to Do

No issue was ever settled by amilitary armistice; it is what is done after the armistice that counts. At the time of the Korean truce-signing, Illinois Senator Paul Douglas remarked wryly that if the truce "had been put through by Truman and Acheson, there would have been cries throughout the country to impeach them." Douglas was probably correct, but not in the sense that he intended. The U.S. had accepted a Korean armistice because it trusted Dwight Eisenhower to make the most of the uneasy peace to work out a firm approach to Communism in Asia—something that Truman and...

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