National Affairs: Parallel Roads

Dwight Eisenhower and Harold Macmillan met at Aspen Cottage's hearthside with a common goal: to maintain peace even while preserving freedom. But they differed significantly in their ideas about the best road to travel toward that goal.

To the British, the American position on specific problems often seemed, in latter-day diplomatic parlance, to be "rigid." To the U.S., the British view sometimes seemed best symbolized by an umbrella and bent toward dangerous compromise. Areas of discussion:

German Reunification. Longstanding U.S. view: "immediate free elections" are a prerequisite to German reunification, a position that John...

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