COLD WAR: Bluff or Backdown?

The two great allies of the West spent the week in mutual recriminations. In the U.S., the charge was made that Britain had let the West down. The British retorted that only British steadiness and wisdom had saved the allies from hasty, dangerous and useless action. Even London's Economist observed: "If American opinion has the impression that Mr. Dulles' boldness is always being curbed by Britain's timidity, it is largely his fault for starting off with big talk and then coming down to less big doing . . ."

The truth was not as clear-cut as either side would have...

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