FOREIGN AID: To Keep Hope Alive

Underlying Capitol Hill's revolt against foreign aid is widespread misunderstanding about what the term means. Lumped together as "foreign aid" are several quite different kinds of assistance—and none of them is the kind of aid first given in 1948 under the Marshall Plan. Undertaken to help Western Europe recover from its World War II battering, the Marshall Plan had done its work by the early 1950s and was replaced by an aid program basically designed to support the U.S.'s system of military alliances. Of the $3.8 billion total for foreign aid this...

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