At last the much discussed “merger” of the armed forces has become the National Security Act of 1947. A bewildered nation, realizing that its future security was at stake, followed the arguments with an interest seldom accorded to the proceedings of Congress. To what extent will the new law fulfill the hopes and expectations of its sponsors? Now that the expressions of approval or disapproval that greeted the various proposals have become somewhat less vociferous, a dispassionate analysis of the Security Act can be attempted, although a final appraisal will obviously have to await the lessons of experience.
Let us begin by admitting that if Congress has succeeded in turning out any workable plan, that accomplishment should be set down to its everlasting credit, in view of the food of biased, although well-intentioned, opinions that has deluged our legislators. In this dictator-ridden age it will have given a much needed demonstration that parliamentary government can be far-seeing and intelligent, even though its processes must necessarily be slow and involved.