Foreign Relations: Arms & the Bank


Since World War II, the U.S. has sold and given to friendly nations nearly $50 billion worth of arms, generally with the full support of Congress. Of late, however, many political leaders have undergone a change of heart. With the Indian-Pakistani war in 1965 and this year's Arab-Israeli hostilities—both conflicts in which American weapons were used by each side against the other—Senate critics have charged that U.S. arms sales, far from serving freedom and peace, may actually do the opposite. Last week, after bitter Senate debate, Administration forces defeated, by 49 votes to 40, an amendment that would have...

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