THE NATION: Wake Up & Act

President Eisenhower's illness and convalescence brought no visible damage in the domestic sphere. The Administration's goals and standards were set and clear. When circumstances called for the generation of new policy (e.g., the soil bank program), Eisenhower aides went ahead with the necessary plans.

Not so in foreign policy. After the Communists returned to their tough line at the second Geneva conference in October, a restatement of U.S. international attitudes, goals and policies was needed. To be effective, such redefinition had to come from the President.

Instead, initiative passed to Communist hands in the last months of 1955. Secretary Dulles and...

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