THE NATION: Confidence & Strength

After months of indecision, confusion and delay, the U.S. could sense a new feeling of quickening confidence and growing strength. There were still the usual creakings, complaints and outraged squawks from a many-jointed democracy trying to pull itself together for a united effort. But there could no longer be any doubt that the U.S. was settling down to the job of rearmament and making real progress.

Some of the clearest signs of progress showed in the Pentagon. A few months ago George Marshall and his assistant, Robert Lovett, had moved in to take over an establishment crippled by the false...

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