NATIONAL DEFENSE: Carrots & Fire Tongs

"Now the cleverest thing I ever did," said the White Knight, "was inventing a new pudding during the meat course . . . [But] I don't believe that pudding ever will be cooked. And yet it was a very clever pudding to invent."

—Through the Looking-Glass.

Everyone hoped that one of the principal results of the armed services merger would be a neat, well-rounded military program. Congress intended it to be that way; when it wrote the merger act, it specifically directed the new Military Establishment to produce such a program. Congress, so most people thought, would merely take the program...

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