A Matter of Conscience

Diagnosing the U.S. state of mind repeatedly for 39 wartime months, Government officials of all ranks and stations have almost always discovered alarming symptoms: jitteriness after Pearl Harbor, overconfidence after the drive across France, a lamentable tendency to spend money on whiskey instead of on war bonds. With a mixture of guilt and frustration peculiar to the civilian soul in wartime, the nation was willing to admit that its patriotic conscience was not completely clear. But last week—while dutifully opening its mouth for the latest dose of official criticism—the vast patient could not...

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