THE NATION: The Bill for Defense

Herodotus figured that 100,000 men toiled 20 years in the hot Egyptian sun to build the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Assuming a twelve-hour day and a seven-day week, this works out at 8.7 billion man-hours. The U.S. is now getting ready to put forth every year a defense effort equivalent to five Pyramids of Cheops.

Last week's action by Congress on the $56 billion arms bill raises total defense estimates to $74 billion a year. Other items: an estimated $4.5 billion for another year of war in Korea, $5.7 billion for military construction, and $7.8 billion for the nation's allies. At...

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