ARMED FORCES: H-Bomb Hand-Wringing

Harry Truman's valedictory warning to Stalin on U.S. atomic development caused remarkably little reaction. One prime reason is that leaders of the U.S. armed forces have been so closemouthed about the explosion of the experimental H-bomb last November at Eniwetok that nobody really knows what, precisely, Truman was talking about.

Last week Washington newsmen tried to get beyond the curtain of hand-wringing and eye-rolling to establish some measure of the H-bomb's magnitude. The TNT blockbuster of World War II, they reported, weighed about eleven tons, and could destroy a square city block. The old-fashioned atomic bombs (i.e., uranium and plutonium)...