U.S. At War: Who's Asleep?

Washington still thought the people were asleep. Many Government officials, newspaper and radio commentators mistook the strangling confusion of the wartime capital for the confusion of an entire nation. The President worried about "sixth columnists". Speakers at a dinner of the Overseas Writers even suggested seriously that the war could be won by jailing Colonel Robert ("Bertie") McCormick—whose Chicago Tribune's isolationism has become criticism of the war effort.

But even into Washington evidence had penetrated that the people knew they were at war, that they simply wanted to be told what they could do, that they wanted to do more than had...

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