World Battlefronts, THE WAR: Words Are Weapons

No U.S. military man now predicted an immediate surrender by Japan: Admiral William F. Halsey's ill-considered 1943 forecast—"Victory This Year"—was not forgotten. But an astonishing number of military men last week joined in a propaganda barrage designed to bring about an early surrender.

Deliberately, they wooed the enemy by talking tough. Potsdam provided the lure; the military men spelled out the harsh alternative. Boomed the big brass:

¶ This is "the beginning of the final plunge into the heart of the Empire. . . . If the Nips do not know they are a doomed nation, then they are...

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