The Americas: Progreso, Si!

Since World War II, Latin Americans right, left and center have criticized the U.S. for ignoring them. Seeing all the aid-to-Europe programs, hearing the cries for assistance to Asia and Africa, Latin America has felt taken for granted by the U.S.

Time and again they have called for a "Marshall Plan" for Latin America. Last week they got one. In two historic messages, one to Latin American diplomats at a White House reception and the other to Congress, President Kennedy launched what he called a "vast, new ten-year plan for the Americas" and promised massive aid, "just as we helped...