NATO: Once More, with Feeling

Converging on Paris this week, the foreign ministers of the NATO nations all chanted the same defiant cry: we will not surrender Berlin. But when it came to concrete proposals on just how to counter the Russian threat to Berlin, the NATO war cry turned out to be subject to as many shades of interpretation as a Biblical text.

Beyond its sharp rejection of Khrushchev's proposal to turn West Berlin into a "free city," nobody knew what else the U.S. thought should be done. Just out of the hospital, Secretary Dulles—who carries the U.S. State Department in his hat—took along position...

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