Foreign Aid: The Grand Plan

It was the best of times and the worst of times, to hear President Kennedy tell it in his full-dress message outlining his grand new plan for foreign aid. The best lay in the "historic opportunity" of the '60s for "the free industrialized nations" of the northern hemisphere to set up a long range program that would "move more than half the people of the less developed nations into self-sustained economic growth" and nudge the rest toward that goal. The worst lay in Kennedy's verdict that the U.S. foreign aid program, after...

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