Foreign Aid: New Script

President Johnson produced a foreign aid program last week that was as elaborately hedged as an Italian garden. It included bookkeeping dodges to make the price appear low, legislative innovations to soothe the Senate, new ideas to succor the hungry, sick and ignorant, and tightened controls to mollify at least some of the critics who regard all foreign aid as a colossal boondoggle. For the most part, it made sense.

The basic package for the year beginning July 1, covering military and economic aid, comes to $3.39 billion, a shade under Johnson's original request for this...

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