My father-in-law was once Chairman of Military Affairs in the Senate, the latter part of the Wilson Administrations. He knew a lot about and was fond of the Army.— Stuart Symington
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Well over fifty years ago I was making radio loudspeakers and radio sets in Rochester, New York; pretty young and inexperienced; but we survived the depression.
The British were keen for 30 caliber guns, did not believe in daylight bombing.
American experts said 30 caliber was not enough; we had to have 50 caliber, also said daylight bombing was right provided the planes attacked in formation, with 50 caliber guns.
But the Air Force was sort of a bastard child of the Army, much like the Marines with the Navy. Everything had to be done over by the Army after it had already been done by the Air Corps, a mess.
Later the Administration wanted me to actually sell all remaining surplus by running the War Assets Corporation. I said I couldn't do it without some shoe leather.
I believe the military should be wary of diplomacy until war is declared;
then the State Department should keep its nose out and let the military do whatever is necessary to win.
FDR had been Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
They told me, now forgotten, just how many pictures of ships they took out of the White House after he died. But he could choose good men.
In real danger sometimes even a democracy can really keep a secret.
I had learned many years ago in private business never to take responsibility without adequate authority; and the new Secretary of Defense, as budgets were sharply cut, quickly found that out.
If civilians are going to be killed, I would rather have them be their civilians than our civilians.