Nation: Ends & Means

Always ready with a sharply focused view of U.S. foreign affairs-and the words to express it—is Dean Acheson, ex-Secretary of State and now a Johnson Administration troubleshooter. At Amherst College in Massachusetts last week Acheson gave his version of how to achieve an effective foreign policy. Excerpts:

"The righteous who seek to deduce foreign policy from ethical or moral principles are as misleading as the modern Machiavellis who would conduct our foreign relations without regard to them. What passes for ethical standards for governmental policies in foreign affairs is a collection of moralisms, maxims and slogans which neither help nor guide but...

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