Foreign Relations: Two Views from the Top

While a bewildering array of soldiers and statesmen still strove to sort things out in the Dominican Republic (see THE HEMISPHERE), the two foremost foreign policy spokesmen in the U.S.—President Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk—paused to assess the situation.

The Name's the Same. Rusk, in his first press conference since the Dominican civil war erupted five weeks ago, told Washington newsmen that it had quickly become apparent that "extremist elements were attempting to capitalize on the anarchy and the disorder to seize control." Only "the prompt arrival of American forces," he said, "averted a major disaster." When one...

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