Foreign Aid: Debating Its Doom

To eye and ear, the desultory discussion in the Senate seemed like anything but what it actually was: one of the most significant U.S. foreign policy debates in years.

Arkansas Democrat William Fulbright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stood casually with one hand in a pocket, spoke in an offhand manner: "Mr. President, it is my task today to commence the debate on the foreign assistance bill of 1963." Although long one of the Senate's foremost advocates of foreign aid, Fulbright demonstrated that this time he really did find his task painful....

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