THE NATION: Reunion in Geneva

With all the world watching, the French were about to negotiate a surrender to the Communists in Indo-China. At the U.S. State Department and in the White House, a firm decision had been reached: the U.S. would not send a top-level representative back to the peace talks in Geneva. Behind the decision were three strongly held conclusions: 1) French Premier Pierre Mendes-France, who won his office on his promise to end the war in Indo-China. appeared to be a peace-at-any-price man; 2) high-level participation in Geneva might put the U.S. in the position of approving a sellout to the Reds;...

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