THE CONGRESS: To Do the Needful

The Administration's $1.45 billion military-aid program was a queer-looking weapon; not even an expert could tell whether it was designed to scatter birdshot or shoot bear. That was the sensible objection raised to it by many Congressmen who could not be dismissed as isolationists. As drawn, the bill would give Harry Truman authority to send U.S. arms to any nation in the world—or even to any political faction in any nation.

Meeting in joint session and behind closed doors last week, the Senate's Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees coldly informed the...

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