The Alianza: Zippity-Do-Dah!

To the White House last week went diplomats from 21 hemisphere nations for a little chat with President Johnson about the Alliance for Progress. They departed wondering why anyone had ever doubted L.B.J.'s consuming interest in the Alianza.

In three hours of zippity-do-dah, he promised—without quite saying how—"twice as much action, twice as much accomplishment" in the next year, reported that loans ($430 million since December) were already flowing at almost twice the year-ago rate, personally signed twelve new loans worth $46 million. After the formalities, Johnson conducted his guests into the Cabinet Room for tea and another demonstration...

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