Washington, gearing for war again, was a different place from the total-war days of just five years ago. Then there had been F.D.R.'s big, bickering collection of powerful organizations—WPB, 0PM, WMC, WLB, OPA and other alphabetical agencies devised for every new area and every crisis. So far, President Truman has reached toward mobilization in a more traditional fashion, through the regular Cabinet departments. So far in 1950, there are no home-front czars and caliphs grinding out firm and final decrees to a wage-stabilized, price-controlled, rationed public. But there is also a noticeable absence...

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