FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Other Side of the World

Secretary of State Dean Acheson returned from Europe pleased but not complacent. In Paris, the West had held its own against Russian diplomacy. Acheson came home to find the other side of the world—Asia—in need of quick attention.

At the airport, reporting on the Paris meeting, Acheson greeted the President soberly: "I'm afraid we didn't accomplish too much." At his press conference two days later he went into more detail. A newsman asked: "Was the conference a failure or a success?" The Secretary of State replied sharply: "Why do we have to take...

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