|Mr. Chairman, Gentlemen:
Disarmament is one of the most important subjects on our agenda. It is also extremely difficult. In recent years the scientists have discovered methods of making weapons many, many times more destructive of opposing armed forces--but also of homes, and industries and lives--than ever known or even imagined before. These same scientific discoveries have made much more complex the problems of limitation and control and reduction of armament.
After our victory as Allies in World War II, my country rapidly disarmed. Within a few years our armament was at a very low level. Then events occurred beyond our borders which caused us to realize that we had disarmed too much. For our own security and to safeguard peace we needed greater strength. Therefore we proceeded to rearm and to associate with others in a partnership for peace and for mutual security.
The American people are determined to maintain and if necessary increase this armed strength for as long a p ...read full document