REPUBLICANS: The Mess in Washington

Republicans went to Washington in January 1953, with a mandate to clean out the mess left by a Democratic Party too long in power. In a way, they succeeded: the aura of graft no longer hangs over the U.S. Government. In other ways, they have failed. Some of the Democratic mess remains. And the Republicans have created some of their own.

Dienbienphu and Geneva are symbolic of the Republican failure to free foreign policy from the paralyzing, defensive spirit in which the Democratic Administration was caught. Dulles made brilliant progress in redefining...

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