DEFENSE: A-Bombs for Small Wars

That the U.S. has every intention of using tactical atomic weapons in "local" wars, e.g., the Middle East, has long been obvious from budget figures, production schedules and strong official hints. But it remained for President Eisenhower, speaking calmly and even casually at his news conference last week, to put the policy on the record. Said Ike: "We do regard these smaller [atomic] weapons as an almost routine part of our equipment nowadays, and you would almost have to use them ..."

For all its offhandedness, the President's remark touched on the raw...

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