THE NATION: Message from Washington

"Our side is doing fine," said Nikita Khrushchev in East Berlin last week. "We have put the enemy on the defensive, and that's the main thing."

But had he?

Last week the main talk about the "main thing" came from Washington.

The President of the U.S., by now thoroughly in command of the Berlin situation and acting as Secretary of State as well as Commander in Chief, took charge of the job of putting the Soviet Union on the defensive.

Not everyone agreed with everything the President said; as usual, there were some blurred...

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