FOREIGN RELATIONS: To Cut or Not to Cut

The Administration has no illusions about the tough battle it must fight to keep Congress from cutting deeply into President Truman's $7.9 billion request for foreign aid. Last week Mutual Security Director Averell Harriman, Secretary of State Dean Acheson, Secretary of Defense Robert Lovett and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Omar Bradley wheeled into action. Before 40-odd members of congressional committees sitting jointly, the Administration's big guns laid down a barrage of painstakingly prepared statements.

Gist of the cannonade, in the words of Averell Harriman: "Any decision to cut [mutual security] is a decision to reduce the strength which is being...

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