Ills to Cure

U.S. envoys to ten South American countries met in Rio de Janeiro last week to thresh out regional problems and talk policy. Sparkplug of the meeting was brisk, affable Edward G. Miller, Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. Also present, as observer and counselor: the State Department's planner in chief, scholarly George F. Kennan.

Brazilian Communists tried to make it as warm as possible for the visiting diplomats. They staged mock funerals for Kennan and burned an American flag in

Sāo Paulo. In their air-conditioned board room five stories above Rio's...