THE NATION: Best Foot Forward?

The U.S. is spending about $35 billion a year—$750 per American family—on defense. Since the war, it has passed out some $60 billion—$1,300 per family—in various forms of foreign aid. Both kinds of effort are necessary, but both have merely negative effects; they restrict Communist aggression without advancing U.S. interests or ideals. There are no serious proposals on the docket for using U.S. military might or foreign aid in an effort to shift the balance of world power heavily in favor of the U.S. and its allies. In fact, foreign aid has been drastically cut and the prospect is...

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