National Affairs: World Without Friends

The voice of the isolationist—give up one's allies, draw back into the Western Hemisphere, spend mainly to make the U.S. strong—was heard again in the land last week. It was neither "the main tide . . . running" nor the intuitive common sense of "the great mass of the people," as Pundit Walter Lippmann implied. But there was indeed "subterranean muttering," as the Alsop Brothers reported. And in a speech by Joseph Patrick Kennedy, millionaire financier and onetime U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, the mutterings surfaced and were clearly heard. If Kennedy's words seemed vaguely familiar, it was...

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