National Affairs: A Sense of Urgency

In a week when U.S. troops were ordered to stand or die in the mountains of Korea (see WAR IN ASIA), and when other trouble spots in the world were alive with peril, Washington was planning as if the most important problem was how to avoid disturbing things at home.

There was every sign that the country was well ahead of its Administration and its representatives in Congress in realizing the danger, and in preparing to make whatever sacrifice was necessary.

Total or Creeping? Some of Washington's trouble was an argument over words. Should there be "total" or "creeping" mobilization? The distinction was...

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