THE NATION: Old Friends & New Allies

Soviet propaganda would have Americans believe—and some do—that the U.S. has not a friend or worthwhile ally in all the world. Actually, the U.S. now has more friends abroad than any great nation has a right to expect, and more allies than any power has ever rallied in time of peace. Last week the U.S. welded together one recently assembled alliance at the eight-nation Southeast Asia Treaty Organization conference in Bangkok. This week the U.S. welcomed a great new ally: Western Germany, which by the historic Bundestag vote at Bonn formally ratified its allegiance to the Atlantic alliance...

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