Congo: Changing Course

After eight months of frustration and confusion, the U.S. was ready to start all over again in the Congo. The painful, expensive U.N. police effort had not quelled the hatreds or stilled the bloody violence. The new Kennedy Administration decided that it was time for a change.

State Department strategists have reluctantly concluded that President Joseph Kasavubu is too ineffectual to rally his nation behind him. The earnest Colonel (now Major General) Joseph Mobutu, on whom the U.S. once pinned its hopes, has turned out to be erratic, unreliable, and one of the...

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