The words that echoed around the world were uttered at a table for twelve in a private dining room of Washington's Sheraton-Carlton Hotel. Admiral Carney had accepted an invitation to dinner from a group of top-level Washington correspondents and bureau chiefs, who wanted his estimate of the Asian situation, particularly in the light of his recent visit there. Under the accepted ground rules for such Washington "background"' conferences—absolutely no attribution to the guest—"Mick" Carney had his say. After the correspondents checked the admiral's statements with some of their other sources in...

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