THE NATION: The Gutting of Foreign Aid

A major reason for General Dwight Eisenhower's 1952 decision to get into the "political business" was his well-founded fear that right-wing Republicans would impose on the U.S. a policy of political and economic isolationism. Last week President Eisenhower was still fighting against such a policy, and fighting as rarely before. But this time, in a historic political turnabout, it was Congressional Democrats that the President had to meet in maneuver. The Democrats were gutting the U.S. foreign-aid program that they had long claimed as their very own.

Although the Administration had worried through Congress a barely adequate $3,367,000,000 (about $500...

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