FOREIGN RELATIONS: Correcting the Slip

Soon after Ike's talk about neutralism hit the news wires, the State Department began to get anxious calls from some of its best friends in Embassy Row. While Ike's off-the-cuff slip about alliances' was explainable, it was obvious that some U.S. allies were shaken by what seemed a new, friendly emphasis on neutralism. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles rushed to set things right in a speech delivered at Iowa State College.

"The principle of neutrality," said Dulles, "pretends that a nation can best gain safety for itself by being indifferent to the fate of others. This has increasingly become...

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