There are important moments when a U.S. Secretary of State, proclaiming the principles of national policy, should be blunt, uncompromising and direct. There are equally important moments—and more of them—when a Secretary, aware that he speaks for his country, should be guarded in expressing judgments on the international situation, or should just keep his mouth shut. John Foster Dulles last week gave striking examples of how to state policy and how not to.

"In the Interest of Peace." Speaking to the American Legion at St. Louis, Dulles made a direct statement of U.S. intentions in Asia. On Korea, he stressed...

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