THE NATION: Absent Voice

A worn man, seriously ill, last week quietly injected himself into Washington's wild-swinging brawl over the State Department. Arthur Vandenberg, the Republicans' leading expert on foreign policy, had been absent from the Senate floor for six weeks. Slowly recuperating from a lung operation (TIME, Oct. 10), he was forced to spend long hours in bed every day. While he was out of action, and partly because of his absence, the nation's bipartisan foreign policy had gone to pot.

Some Republicans, determined to make Secretary of State Acheson a campaign issue, were ready...

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