National Affairs: We Can Only Act Like Men

For a few tense hours one day last week, official Washington hung breathlessly on the march of events in the powder-keg Middle East, not knowing whether the U.S. would or would not be in a shooting war with Russian "volunteers" within the next 48 hours. Diplomatic dispatches from U.S. Ambassador to Russia Charles E. Bohlen and press reports from U.S. correspondents in Moscow added up to a tentative conclusion: the Russians had decided to move their "volunteers" at least into Syria and possibly into Egypt, to stake out the Red army's first foothold in the Middle East. U.S. intelligence added solid...

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