National Affairs: Rocket's Red Glare

In the White House, the Pentagon and the remote missile-and rocket-testing areas from Florida to Eniwetok there was a new sense of urgency last week. Across the U.S. most of the post-Sputnik criticism and political backbiting gave way to the closest thing to an identity with national purpose that the U.S. has known since Korea.

At the White House the week began with the President in a foul humor. He resented the blatantly political charges by the Democratic Advisory Council that he had handled the Little Rock school integration crisis indecisively. He was concerned...

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