National Affairs: In Defense of Britain

The 15 member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had their official ears tuned to their own special wave length last week during the President's press conference. What, they wondered, would Ike have to say about the broad-sweeping British plans for reducing military manpower and placing emphasis on deterrent nuclear weapons (TIME, April 15)—a plan that had sent a ripple of misgivings through several NATO capitals? Asked a newsman: "Are the British going too far too fast in your judgment?"

"You can discuss this question intelligently," Eisenhower replied, "only in the light of the age-old truth that the security position of...

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