THE PRESIDENCY: Forgotten History

Harry Truman, who regards himself as something of an expert on history, last week seemed to have forgotten some of the not-too-distant past.

In Springfield, Mo. for the annual reunion of the 35th Division, Old Artilleryman Truman came out with guns blazing on the subject of the nation's strength in the air. Republican Bob Taft had charged that U.S. airpower had been allowed to deteriorate, and had argued that the U.S. could save money and build better defenses by concentrating on a big Air Force. "Nonsense," said Harry Truman. The nation's air preparation has moved forward steadily, is on schedule,...

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