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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955 - File 040. 1955-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 28, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1399/show/1369.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript ADEQUATE DEFENSE MAJOR GEORGE FIELDING ELIOT, mil-known military analyst, discusses this problem facing our national lawmakers today with members of the ANSWERS FOR AMERICANS panel, Professor Charles Hodges of /Veil- York University; Author William Buckley. Jr.; George Hamilton Combs, noted news commentator, and Hardy Hurt. Moderator. (BURT) President Eisenhower has recommended a further reduction in our armed forces. Would such a reduction weaken our national defenses? i Eliot i I could answer thai a lol better if I knew when we were going in fiL'hi 'and so could the Presidenl anel the Congress), anel if we're going in fight al all. The trouble with a free countrj which can'l plan a war and sav whether we're going to do llii- al a certain day is thai ii never knows when it's going lo fight. It has to prepare, as lhe' Presidenl said, for the long pull. The question is always the balancing of the economy and the needs of the country in various other ways againsl the amount lo be spent for defense. The reduction Presidenl Eisenhower has now recommended is actually a speed-up of a reduction which wa- already planned. Thai i-. we're- cutting back b\ lhe end of fiscal year 1956 to the level we planned for 1057. (BURT) Would it be your conclusion that President Eisenhower is right or wrong in doing this? (EliotI The President apparent!) deei-s not agree with llu- Joint Chiefs "i Sletfl on the subject. Bul the Joint Chief- of Staff lake only the mililar\ viewpoint. The President has to look at the- whole thing. I would think lhat if we gel our reserve program going so thai we arc able lo substitute lo a certain extenl a Fully-trained reserve which will take a couple of years lo gel going eunl which i- being asked for in legislation now being submitted lo Ihe Congress lhal in th.' end we- probably could dispense with a part of the regular forces lhal wc now bene ami substitute trained reserves. Indeed, every countr) which is in contact with a possible enemy has always had to depend on training prac- tically the whole' eif its- manpower lor defense in one way or another. You never 'em keep all of these people on a full-lime payroll. You can't subtract them from lhe labor force. 'I on can't pay them if you could. The budget won't stand ii. You have in train your citizens. (Combs) I don'l see how ei reduction of strength can possibly strengthen our armed forces, li would seem lo me thai Ihis is an absurdity in itself. I'm questioning the wisdom of il al ihis time lhe- timeliness of it and also the psy- chological effeel of it. Vie are virtually saying lo France and to Germany theit we an- reducing out' forces, which, in- I. iinlially al least, means thai the) will have lo increase theirs or that we are' expecting them to do the fighting which perhaps wc shall nol ihe eis a resull of the dismantling of a pari, al least, of out military establishment. I'm hy no means sure lhal lhe SO- called balanced military lone is any longer a valid concepl in view of ll"' developmenl ol alomie power. Bul lacking information as lo the nature "f th* war wi'ii' going iii fighi whether •' i- lo be- ee limited weir or one foUgW wilh conventional weapons il seems I" me highly imprudent al this lime for us lo reduce our forces even b\ one men1 wilh ihi- oihcr question so imponderable: lln- matter of creating a trained reserve. lib cm.ki I First of eill. ei knowledge of these things requires ei technical knowledge of strategy in militarj warfare and lhe rest of il. which I don1 bene' and consequently can'l speak aboul il quite so apodictically as some people I'.ul I el., say lhal if behind llii- reduction in armed forces is a considere0 technical opinion lhal wc simpl) 'I""' need ihis number of people under ein"" in order to defend ourselves again* ihe Soviet Union, then I woulel say »' right, I will defer to the experts and go along. On the other hand, I'm ver) nn"''1 afraid lhal there is a relationship I"" [ween llii- decision, as Mr. Combs h;1" intimated, and sorl of a general Polly' (Continued mi Page "' T Page 38 FACTS FORUM NEWS, August, l9si
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