THE CONGRESS: Last Thoughts

In all the months that the North Atlantic Treaty has been before Congress and the U.S. public, there has been a surprising lack of real feeling about it. Presumably, then, most people were for this radical shift in traditional U.S. diplomacy?

Last week, in the closing days of debate, the Senate suddenly burst out in confused soul-searching and stubborn reservations. Proponents like Iowa's Guy Gillette announced support "with the greatest reluctance, with deep misgivings, with grave doubts and qualms." Ohio's Robert Taft, who had announced his opposition "with the greatest discomfort," suggested extending the Monroe Doctrine to Western Europe instead.

Taft's position...

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