National Affairs: Backing Away?

The Pentagon was quick to catch the note in the President's press conference last week which indicated that Ike was less enthusiastic about the need for prompt reorganization of the Defense establishment than he had sounded in his State of the Union message (TIME, Jan. 20). "My own convictions are rather fixed," Ike told the newsmen mildly. (General Eisenhower came back from World War II convinced that U.S. defense needed "central planning—the essence of unity in the armed forces.") But when a reporter asked last week whether he was still in that fight, Ike seemed to back away. Furthermore, it was...

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