OPINION: Three Strikes & Out

Among the many voices raised to counsel, berate or admonish the U.S. last week, none rang more determinedly than that of a Quaker who at one time or another has been a pacifist college professor, a Socialist, a nationally known economist, a hardworking politician, and a combat soldier. It was the voice of Illinois' able Senator Paul Douglas, and it was raised in three major speeches and three national radio forums.

Senator Douglas had decided that the time had come to 1) stand firm in Asia, 2) demand a like firmness from the U.S.'s allies, and 3) be ready to...

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