U.S. At War: Truth & Consequences

One U.S. public servant who has always accepted the facts of war as facts of life is Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson. In pre-Pearl Harbor days he drove isolationist Congressmen to frenzy with his blunt warnings of imminent danger. Last week he spoke out again, on the much-evaded, politically ticklish question of drafting 18-to-20 year olds.

Said Statesman Stimson: the U.S. has never yet fought a great war without drafting its youths of 18 and 19 and its younger married men.* In World War II, these classes will have to be drafted again—not...

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