Foreign Relations: Diplomats at Work

After less than two months at work, the Administration's new policymakers are ready to admit that in foreign policy no rule is rigid, no solution is easy, no plan is foolproof, and no worthwhile policy is entirely devoid of risk. With the last point especially in mind, President Kennedy last week sent Nikita Khrushchev a straight-from-the-shoulder message through Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson Jr. The U.S.. said the President, views Laos as a test case of Soviet intentions (see FOREIGN NEWS), is willing to work toward a genuine settlement, or just as willing to...

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