National Affairs: The Word for the Middle East

The day after the combined Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees voted to reword the resolution granting President Eisenhower the authority he wants to act in the Middle East, New Jersey's Republican H. Alexander Smith met Montana's Democrat Mike Mansfield in the offices of the Foreign Relations Committee. "Mike," said Smith, with obvious exasperation, "just what did you accomplish with your amendment?"

"Alex," countered Mansfield solemnly, "we did the President a favor. We did this"—he grasped Smith's right arm and raised it overhead. "We reaffirmed and reasserted the President's authority as Commander...

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