Nation: IF WE FAIL TO MEET IT HERE AND NOW. . .

In his testimony to the House Armed Services Committee, the most articulate man in Washington was at his most eloquent. Excerpts from the statement of Defense Secretary Robert McNamara:

FOR many years after the last great war, the world scene was dominated by two giant power blocs, one a voluntary alliance of free nations led by the United States, the other a conquered empire ruled by the Soviet Union. In the free world alliance, the United States was the leading member because of the predominance of its economic and military power. In the Communist...

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