THE PRESIDENCY: Old Soldier

When in trouble, says an old Army maxim, do something—anything. In the clutch of the steel crisis last week, on the eve of his 68th birthday (May 8), ex-Artilleryman Harry Truman busied himself doing something.

One of his diversionary efforts was aimed at an old and familiar adversary: Congress. He touched it off by refusing to turn over to a Senate subcommittee the unpublished personal papers of the late Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal. "Not in the public interest," said a sharp White House statement. Another coincidental but useful diversion was...

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