THE NATION: The Dangers of Pressure

For three hours, one morning last week, the President of the U.S. sat alone in the White House. He had put aside the time to weigh, personally and privately, the critical situation in Asia and the hard decisions that it may force upon him.

Late in January the Congress, at his request, had passed—almost unanimously—a resolution giving him full authority to use U.S. forces as he saw fit for the defense of Formosa and related territories. The U.S. was committed to defend Formosa and the Pescadores; the open question was what it would...

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