The mood of Congress revealed itself not so much in formal speeches as in the cloakrooms, corridors and restaurants. The voices of the most influential legislators of both parties sounded these estimates and doubts:
A world war is possible at any hour. . .
This country is more poorly prepared than it was in 1941. We have delayed all-out mobilization. The Administration has fiddled with war preparations. The Munitions Board has fallen down in its job of stockpilingwe are short of wool and even of cotton.
The Defense Department is way behind on its military orders. The President has lagged on economic...