Can the Democracies Fight?

February 1942
New Republic;2/23/42, Vol. 106 Issue 8, p255
Focuses on the capability of democracies of major countries in doing a competent job at the time of the World War II. Carelessness and incompetence displayed at the time of attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii by Japan; Signs of incompetence in the higher ranks of army and navy in previous wars; Problem of clearing away incompetence in peacetime; Suggestions for the army and the navy to dismiss the poorest five percent of their officers each year to solve the problem; Task of getting rid of the inconspicuous ones throughout the whole war effort including government officials and private industrialists with war contracts; Comparison between efforts of Germany and the Soviet Union with that of Great Britain and the U.S.; Effect of middle-class revolution on outcome of the war.


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