National Affairs: No Promiscuity

When wartime export controls expire in June, the U.S. will again be bound to grant licenses for arms export to any foreign government—Monaco or Russia—that wants to buy U.S. weapons. To end such promiscuous purchasing, President Truman last week asked Congress for a major amendment to the Neutrality Act.

The proposed change would empower the Secretary of State to screen arms buyers and distinguish between "aggressor and aggrieved, peacemaker and troublemaker." He could refuse licenses which were not "in accord with the foreign policy or the security interests of the United States." The embargo would apply not only to arms...

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