Despite Paul Hoffman's appraisal (see above) the average U.S. citizen was understandably confused by comments of Washington experts on the state of the cold war and the state of the nation's readiness:
President Truman: The world is more settled now than in 1946.
J.C.S. Chairman Omar Bradley: Even if events are not worse, the accumulation of them makes the situation worse.
Defense Secretary Louis Johnson: War is not on the horizon at the moment.
Chairman W. Stuart Symington of the National Security Resources Board: The nation must be ready for war at any time without...