THE COLD WAR: The Cutting Edge

"Arms are merely the cutting edge" of a nation's power, said General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower. But the edge has to be kept sharp, and the U.S., he insisted last week, is not spending enough money for that purpose.

With the air of a man walking tiptoe among political eggs (he did it with the aplomb of a ballerina), he appeared before a Senate appropriations subcommittee to explain the headlines he made the week before when he had said that the Administration was reducing the country's military strength beyond the point of safety*

(TIME, April 3). He carefully avoided any...

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