THE NATION: Ambling Through Washington

Something was wrong with the way the Korean war was going. Since the commanders and troops had done well with what they had, it was not hard to trace the fault line back to the men who prescribe the pace of U.S. mobilization. The pace desperately needed to be stepped up.

Phase One of the war had been the dismal series of retreats to a defensible beachhead line. Phase Two had been the creditable establishing and holding of the beachhead. But Phase Three—the buildup preparatory to a breakout—was moving too slowly. At the...

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