THE NATION: The True Deterrent

The great defense debate that blasted off in the wake of Sputnik I, the honest fears of a dangerous U.S. "missile gap" that flared in the repeated failures of U.S. rocketry — all the long, loud argument seemed like a fading whisper last week as shot after shot sent U.S. missiles successfully down their test ranges, and headed satellites toward space.

But the debate was well worth the wear and tear. Beyond the wild alarums of the critics and President Eisenhower's smug claim of last January that he knew more about defense than anybody...

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