THE ATOM: The Loaded Question

Like a patient sitting in a doctor's anteroom while the specialists discuss his case, the U.S. public last week sat outside while the President, his military, scientific and diplomatic advisers debated whether to construct the hydrogen bomb, the most powerful explosive weapon the world has yet dreamed of.

The President's military counselors argued that the U.S. could be easily, quickly crippled by an enemy which could hurl H-bombs without risk of retaliation in kind, that furthermore the H-bomb in the hands of the U.S. would be the best possible insurance against war. They added that the cost of an H-bomb...

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