Talk & Ceremony

White House reporters were on their way out of the President's office with the week's gist of press conference news. Suddenly he halted them, smiled apologetically, announced that he had another special message to Congress.

This one—his sixth since taking office—turned out to be a long (8,000 words) review of the war and a restatement of reconversion policies. It was notable chiefly for a stern warning to Japan that unconditional surrender is, and will remain, the firm U.S. policy. Said the President: the U.S. will double its forces now in the Pacific, will...

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