THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Regarding the Prospect of War

We are talking about war again. President Carter talks about it almost every hour. A few mornings ago, at the Cabinet table, he reddened at the deep uneasiness expressed by members of the Committee on the Present Danger, who pressed their demands for greater military preparedness. Later, he listened to other critics from the Coalition for a Democratic Majority. He heard citations of history, reminders of his misconception of Soviet intentions, recitations of our military inadequacies. "We're committed," he said about the assertion of U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf. "If we have to, we will do it alone."

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