National Affairs: Dangerous Life

Questions rattled down on the Administration like hailstones. The bill to implement Harry Truman's recommended aid for Greece and Turkey was already before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. On the other side of Congress, Senator Vandenberg invited one & all to sound off. They did. The interrogation was searching. What, in breadth and in detail, did the President's policy—now embalmed in history as the "Truman Doctrine"—mean?

The question most frequently asked was: Why by-pass U.N.? Did the Truman Doctrine, which promised independent U.S. action to "help free peoples to maintain their free institutions...

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