National Affairs: Men in Underwear

For weeks, Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. collected facts from military and production records and from the Pentagon's top ground and air experts. This week he stepped to the floor of the U.S. Senate to tell what he had learned. The serious, studied words of the Senator from Massachusetts carried a jarring shock for the U.S. public: the presumption of U.S. air superiority in the great power struggle with Russia, said he, is more myth than reality.

Like the average citizen, Senator Lodge had been taking comfort in the belief that the U.S., with the...

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