THE NATION: Pursuit of Disaster

The news of the week from Korea, dominated by General Boatner's success in cleaning up the prisoner-of-war camps (see WAR IN ASIA), was ominously backlighted by a more enduring fact: the Korean war, long in a mess, is falling into a worse mess day by day. Washington muddling has fashioned a deadfall in which U.S. policy has been trapped. The current U.S. policy position 1) gives the Reds every reason not to allow a truce and 2) invites the Reds to take the offensive in Korea, or elsewhere in Asia, with the assurance of minimum retaliation from the U.S.—or...

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