National Affairs: The $5 Billion Mystery

Hardly an eyebrow flickered when the Senate Appropriations Committee last week voted its approval of the House's $56 billion appropriation for the armed forces in fiscal 1952. But when the Senators also voted to shove another $5 billion into the hands of Defense Secretary Marshall for what was described only as "additional air power," they threw the capital into a tailspin of speculation.

Harry Truman himself, talking to a roomful of Democrats in San Francisco (see The Presidency), gave the first wild whirl. "It is fantastic what can happen with the use of the new weapons that are now under construction in...

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