ARMED FORCES: Where Do We Go From Here?

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The country was not yet preparing for Armageddon; it was merely trying to win a dirty, small-bore war in Korea. As of last week, before the President sent his message to Congress, even this effort was on a minor scale. For obvious reasons there was no thundering of a war machine: no thundering war machine existed.

Navy and Air Force lifted some of their World War II equipment out of mothballs. Aircraft companies began stripping plastic covers off old Corsairs, Hellcats, Bearcats, B-26s, B-29s. The Independence class carrier Bataan had been...

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