MOBILIZATION: Boiler Trouble

Before World War I, Sir Edward Grey, Britain's Foreign Secretary, remarked to Winston Churchill that the U.S. was like "a gigantic boiler; once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can produce." Right after Korea, the U.S. thought it lit a fire. The boiler, however, was a lot slower to heat than it used to be. Last week, nearly 17 months after the invasion, the fires still smoked and sputtered, the boiler bubbled weakly, and the instruments of war were still coming out in a thin...

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