If there was one lesson that U.S. negotiators should have brought home from the unexpected successes of the NATO conference in Paris, it was that the future health of NATO depends on the vigor of the U.S. response to the Soviet Union's military and diplomatic challenges. One night last week President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles took to network television to report to the nation on the NATO conference. Their report showed neither vigor nor urgency, was poorly conceived, indifferently staged and dully performed.

The program was cast in a mold of informality, with Ike and Dulles discussing...

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