National Affairs: The Defense Rests

Dean Acheson had spent the morning in his secluded Georgetown study poring over the latest arguments of his critics, digesting the bristling headlines and editorials. When he rose at luncheon to speak to the 500 Washington newsmen, guests and Congressmen jammed into the National Press Club ballroom, he propped only a few notes on the lectern before him. Then, summoning the brightest of his lawyer's talents, he launched last week into his case for Asia. It was as close as a Secretary of State could come to a shirt-sleeved defense of policy.

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