ARMAMENT: Shortfall of an Alibi

Washington planners like to describe the lagging arms program with such euphemisms as "shortfalls" and "slippages." Last week, in issuing a public alarm on the state of aircraft production, Texas' Senator Lyndon Johnson used some plain, unvarnished language (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). The fact was that even after the Administration had scaled down its arms schedules, it was still failing to meet its goals.

Up to now, one of the stock Administration excuses for the stretch-out has been that the economy is not big enough or strong enough to carry the arms load originally planned. From this handy excuse a...

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