A Letter From The Publisher: Jun. 8, 1970

TIME'S Essay on the quality of White House intelligence [May 25] jogged one reader's memory back to 1945, when a U.S. Navy assignment required him to ascertain the location of various warships at specific times. "I questioned admirals and captains, who sent me to other admirals and captains," he wrote. "Finally, in the office of an elderly admiral wearing ribbons I had never seen before, I was certain I had reached the end of my quest. I put my questions. He thought for a moment, then said, 'Lieutenant, when I want information of that...

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