The Nation: The Professor of Restraint

"He is not listened to on the floor of Congress," Walter Lippmann once said, "until he has been heard around the world." During his 30 years in the Senate —15 as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee—William Fulbright has usually caught the ear of the world and finally his colleagues with his prescience, persistence and grasp of great issues. Often he has been nearly alone in his views and often, it turned out, he has been right.

Fulbright criticized every President from Harry Truman to Richard Nixon for being too doctrinaire or too heavy-handed in his use of American power abroad. The...

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