National Affairs: All Quiet on the Potomac

Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson made a voluntary contribution of his own to the Korean war effort. "I told the President," he said, "that the Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force and the Joint Chiefs had talked it over and none of us are making any speeches the rest of the month. The President thought it was an excellent idea."

The President did, indeed. It was very pleasant, said Mr. Truman dryly at his press conference next day, to know that the Pentagon brass was devoting all its time to its job instead of making speeches.

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