National Affairs: Closing the Ranks

Made cautious and cannier by previous backfires, Harry Truman last week showed what he could do to bring the Army & Navy together on the merger issue. By good generalship, unwonted tact and better tactics he brought his warring legions into line.

Secretaries Patterson and Forrestal, General Eisenhower and Admiral Nimitz, working under presidential pressure, had reached agreement on eight disputed points, remained deadlocked over four which Truman himself undertook to adjudicate. In forming a common front on the eight points, the Army had done most of the giving, the Navy most of the taking. There would be no Chief of Staff...

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