THE NATION: One Man's Purpose

In his pre-take-off message, the President of the U.S. spoke with quiet precision of the reason for his eleven-nation, 22,370-mile global mission.

"In every country," said he, "I hope to make widely known America's deepest desire: a world in which all nations may prosper in freedom, justice and peace, unmolested and unafraid."

At a time when many a politico and philosopher was scratching around for words to express U.S. national purpose (TIME, Nov. 16), Dwight Eisenhower's definition of purpose was a simple and uncluttered articulation of a lofty U.S. purpose. And the people for whom it was primarily intended got the...

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