DEFENSE: Sinews of Peace

How strong is Russia? Last week, in an analysis of comparative economic growth between the Iron Curtain and the Western powers, prepared for the Joint Congressional Committee on the Economic Report, the U.S. got an answer that went far beyond the usual statistics—numbers of divisions, fleets of bombers, supplies of atom bombs, etc.

The Kremlin, the Congressional Library's research staff found, "has been hiding its lesser economic strength...to propagate the idea that the economies of the West are in decay...The present economic capacity of Western Europe, the U.S. and Canada is significantly greater in terms of absolute magnitudes, diversity and...

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