National Affairs: The Climate of Aid

From Washington last week came the first statistics on the much-touted Communist economic offensive.

The big item: of a promised $500 million in economic credits and grants-in-aid the Communists have delivered $23.4 million—between 4% and 5% of their promises. The U.S. has sent $37 billion abroad since the war, including $4.3 billion to the Middle East alone.

Other sample comparisons:

India. Since 1950 the U.S. has made outright gifts of about $266 million, plus loans of $272 million; the Communists have contracted to build a 1,000,000-ton-capacity steel plant on an $80 million to $95...