THE NATION: Destiny Comes on Wednesday

At 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday, a group of men gather in the Cabinet room of the White House Executive Offices to determine how the U.S. stands amid its international perils and opportunities and to tell the President, who sits with them, what they think he ought to do about "the situation."

The group is the National Security Council, created by the defense unification act of 1947 to "advise the President with respect to the integration of domestic, foreign and military policies relating to the national security so as to enable the military services and...

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