A FOREIGN POLICY FOR AMERICANS by Senator Robert A. Taft

A FOREIGN POLICY FOR AMERICANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Inevitably this will be viewed an a first gun in the campaign by Americans who wish to know, categorically, where Senator Taft stands. Here, with reasonable clarity, is the statement of where he stands today. Like other citizens, the senator has the right to change his mind an new conditions arise. He feels that Russia is the great menace to peace and that we should carry a big stick (in the form of a strong air force and navy) while walking lightly in Europe lest a big army provoke the Russians to action. (Furthermore, our economy could not stand the strain). He feels we should not have become involved in Korea, but since we are, he advocates strong action, and support of the Chinese Nationalists in Formosa. He concedes the fact that the Marshall Plan has aided the Europeans to some degree of self support, but thinks we have taken too much on ourselves in placing Eisenhower as overall commander. Taft skillfully avoids committing himself too far, so this might be termed an ""interim report"". Certainly not an inspired platform for the Republication Party.

Publisher: Doubleday