The U.S. At War, Full Blast

The U.S., having declared war on three nations in five days, looked to the White House last week for leadership, and for action.

The action came in a steady series of powerful moves. The U.S. discovered that in some ways the nation was much better prepared for World War II than it had dreamed. There was no need to slam on brakes, twist the wheel sharply, set off in another direction. The U.S. needed only to step on the gas.

Planes, tanks, guns, ships were in production. Plans to handle enemy aliens (see...

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