On the world stage it was a fretful and disappointing week for the U.S. and the other free nations. The disheartening events reached round the globe, from the conference rooms at Geneva to the battlefields of Indo-China, to the Pentagon and State Department in Washington, and back to the Palais-Bourbon in Paris.

In Indo-China the Communist Viet Minh forces were closing in on the key city of Hanoi. Top U.S. military men were resigned to the imminent fall of Hanoi, of the whole Red River delta and of all northern Indo-China. Any possibility of a U.S. effort to save the...

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