Foreign Aid: Jumping into a Pool

Disenchantment with ungrateful recipients and competing pressures on the federal treasury have steadily diminished American enthusiasm for helping less fortunate lands. Congress did not deign until the end of January, several months later than usual, to pass the aid appropriation for the present fiscal year. When it finally got around to what was obviously an unwelcome duty, it made the total only $1.8 billion—the smallest amount in the 22 years of foreign aid since the Marshall Plan was launched. Last week, to save foreign aid from withering away, a 16-man presidential task force headed by Rudolph Peterson, retired President of...

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