THE NATION: State of the Union

President Truman flapped open his leather notebook, and began in his usual flat tone to read his message to Congress on the State of the Union. When he finished 45 minutes later, he had made little news. The U.S. must continue to stand fast against world Communism, with military power and with economic aid to friends in Europe and Asia. More specifically, it must push through an honorable armistice in Korea, act on the Japanese Peace Treaty, complete a network of Pacific security pacts, and help integrate the German Federal Republic into the defense scheme of Western Europe....

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