THE NATION: The Kidding Stopped

Before anyone had said so officially, without needing someone to spell it out, the U.S. people had realized that this was going to be a long pull and a tough one. Said one veteran: "At first, all of us were sort of kidding about it, saying 'Well, are you ready to go?' Now the kidding has stopped." Last week, looking at the news pictures as the First Marine Division embarked at San Diego, every veteran was wondering: How soon will they want me?

The whole nation had the air of a man waiting. The economy twitched a little, nervously. With reflexes...

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