National Affairs: Call to Arms

Wearing a green carnation in his buttonhole, President Truman walked briskly into the great House chamber. In face of a cold audience of Representatives and Senators, he flipped open a brown notebook and read from it. Though he looked like a man who was in a hurry to be off to a St. Patrick's Day parade, the President had something to say; he said it as earnestly and forcefully as he could. He issued a call to arms.

"It is this ruthless course of action [of the Soviet Union]," he said, "and the clear design to extend it to the remaining free...

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