DEFENSE: A Matter of Perspective

When Army Chief of Staff Matthew B. Ridgway appeared before the House Armed Services Committee, a Democrat asked if the null cut in ground forces ordered by Commander in Chief Eisenhower by 1956 would affect the safety of the country. General Ridgway's answer: "I think it does, sir."

In his press conference last week, President Eisenhower was asked about General Ridgway's criticisms. The President spoke just as bluntly: "General Ridgway was questioned in the Congress as to his personal convictions, and, naturally, he had to express them.

"His responsibility for national defense is, you might say, a special...

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