I have no doubt that Lt. Col. Gallagher's conclusions about our failures in war and peace are valuable and well-founded. However, without having read anything but a short summary of his work, I wonder if the problem is not so much in our military and political leaders as in our entire belief that we have a worldwide mission to make things better than they are. Perhaps these problems have no solution when an American solution is far from adequate. War has never been a solution, but it still is always the solution chosen.

Norman Ravitch *62
Savannah, Ga.