Letters, may 14, 1951

Confusion in the Firehouse

Sir:

Who says that we don't have a Foreign Policy? The Administration believes that it must be allowed to send all the troops to Europe that it desires, and that this will not provoke Russia. At the same time it believes that we must not use our air power to neutralize supply buildups and air bases in Manchuria, because using force in war may provoke Russia.

If at first glance this policy seems confusing and inconsistent, perhaps it may be clarified by comparing it with a fire chief who sends firemen...