Ever since the votes were counted last November, top congressional Republicans have been arguing that Dwight Eisenhower should appoint a new team to replace the present U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. The G.O.P. leaders' reasoning: the present chiefs have been so closely and politically tied to the Truman Administration's diplomatic and military policies (e.g., the abandonment of Nationalist China) that they cannot do the fresh thinking needed for a new Eisenhower program. Last week President Eisenhower privately assured his congressional leaders that he will name new chiefs, and will do so...

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