Force Without Recourse

In the great debate over U.S. internationalism, Republican Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg of Michigan crossed the aisle last week. In bold, constructive terms, the No. 1 Republican spokesman for foreign affairs, long an isolationist, told the U.S. Senate that it was time for the U.S. to stop talking about world collective security and do something to make it real.

If Arthur Vandenberg's speech did, as it might, set the U.S. off on a new and energetic course in foreign policy, it might well prove to be the most important speech made by an American in World War II.

Silent Partner. Senator Vandenberg...

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