THE CONGRESS: Death by Compromise

The case for universal military training is as old as the Republic and twice as strong today as it was when George Washington presented the idea to Congress in 1789. Again & again since World War II, Harry Truman has asked Congress for U.M.T. But in the asking, the Pentagon has watered down the strong case to a weak brew of political expediency and half-measures. Last week the enemies of U.M.T. in the House of Representatives pounced on the latest U.M.T. compromise, seized it by its inconsistencies, and shook U.M.T. to sudden death...

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