The most difficult problem confronting our society today is, as I am sure we all agree, the simple but overriding question of the survival of our civilization. While none of us would downgrade the importance of such challenging problems as the control of inflation, economic growth, civil rights, or urban redevelopment, we all know that the most perfect solutions of any of our domestic problems will make no difference at all if we are not around to enjoy them.
Perhaps at no time in the course of history have so many people been so sorely troubled by the problems of the times and dismayed by the prospects of the future. The almost un- believably destructive power of modern weapons should be enough to raise grave doubts as to mankind's ability to survive, even were we living in a world in which traditional patterns of international conduct were being followed by the major nations. But the threat to our survival is frighteningly multiplied when we take into account the fact that these weapons are in the hands of the unpredictable leaders of the Communist world as well as those of the free world.
What is the way out of this twentieth-century dilemma?
We can take confidence in the fact that at this moment the United States possesses military power fully adequate to sustain its policies, and I am certain that whatever is necessary to keep this balance in favor of the free nations will be done -- by this Administration and by its successors, regardless of which political party may be in power.
What this posture of resolute national unity, taken alone,____________________