National Affairs: 15 Cruisers, Now

To build or not to build was not the question. When to build quite overshadowed all. President Coolidge had been willing to admit that perhaps the Navy does need 15 new cruisers and an aircraft carrier (TIME, Feb. 11 et ante). But they need not all be begun within three years, was his point. It would be so expensive ($274,000,000). It would seem so warlike. It might inconvenience the Budget.

But the Senate remained deaf to the President. Last week, finally, it passed (68 to 12) the cruiser-building bill with the three-year time-limit. The...

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