THE NATION: Arms & Doubts

The U.S. knew it had scrawled its initials on a lot of North Atlantic Treaty rearmament programs, but last week, with a jolt, it discovered what some of the bill was going to look like. In the next year alone, the State Department indicated, France will get some $2 billion in arms and equipment. That figure was twice as much as the U.S. had paid for four of its past wars* put together. But it was only the beginning: eventually France would get about $6 billion.

With the money, the French would speed equipment to their forces in Indo-China, and build...

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