World War, THE PEOPLE: Smug, Slothful, Asleep?

Mrs. Roosevelt said—she was talking about Pearl Harbor—that official mistakes only reflected the people. Senator Walsh, tireless foe of smugness, spoke of the "general smugness of the American people." "In too many instances," said Connecticut's Senator Maloney, "our people are concluding that the war is won and that there is no great danger or difficulty ahead." Yes, said the New York Times's military expert Hanson Baldwin, "we are slothful with fat pride."

Last week these wordly-wise politicians, newspapermen, experts, used such emotional terms to describe what was wrong with the people. There...

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