THE HEMISPHERE: Farewell to Arms?

If the U.S. does not soon transfer surplus arms to Latin American governments, warned War Secretary Robert Patterson last week, they will seek arms and training "elsewhere." The Secretary did not say where. But Argentina had already ordered jet fighters from Britain, and Russia had large stocks of German tanks and planes to spare.

Secretary Patterson was testifying in Washington on behalf of the so-called Truman plan to standardize hemisphere arms out of U.S. arsenals. The U.S. Army & Navy had marshaled their biggest brass to get the bill passed before the...

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