National Defense: Dead Centre

Last week the U. S. defense program resembled a great locomotive, ready to go. Steam was up, in the shape of plans made and contracts drawn—$11,000,000,000 worth. But so far this giant locomotive had not yet turned a wheel. Its drive-rods were at dead centre.

The National Defense Advisory Commission so reported to the President last week. The distinguished commissioners did not like to have to say it. Neither did the President like to hear it—especially with Wendell Willkie gibing on that platform and offering to take the throttle. The people certainly did not...

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