International: Arm the Germans?

The West was facing a portentous decision: Should it prepare to place arms into the hands of defeated Germany?

The official U.S. answer to the question, as expressed by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson in the name of President Truman, was a flat no. But by last week it was plain that a more accurate and honest answer would have been: "No—for the time being." Western military leaders and planners are agreed that some sort of army for the new West German Republic is essential and inevitable. In the face of an East German, Red-armed puppet state, a Western Germany capable of...

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