COMMAND: The Big Job

The Joint Chiefs of Staff argued a thorny question. Should the U.S. furnish a commander for Western Europe's combined defense forces, who would in effect be simply a chief of staff? Or should American participation be made as dramatic as possible by accepting both authority and responsibility immediately, and sending a universally respected Supreme Commander? The argument was still to be resolved this week but there was every indication that the second course would be taken and that General Ike Eisenhower would be offered the Big job.

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