U.S. Foreign Policy and the Soviet Union

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Soviet Union

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Soviet Union

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Soviet Union

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The purposes of foreign policy--any foreign policy--are to protect and preserve a nation and its institutions and to further its goals. Today, in the case of the United States, this means guaranteeing our survival in a thermonuclear age and at the same time guarding us and our ideals against inroads by communism.

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that U.S. policy has been dangerously inadequate on both counts ever since World War II. With the praiseworthy objective of promoting American security, U.S. policy has been devoted primarily to ways and means of "containing" the Soviet Union as well as Communist influence generally. And what has happened? During the past fifteen years the Soviet Union has steadily grown not only in economic and military power but also in world influence, while the area dominated by communism has expanded. At the same time, American policy has become wholly enmeshed in a nuclear arms race which, far from promoting our security, has within it the seeds of war and thus of destruction of our whole civilization.

Never before in the history of mankind has so much been at stake in the relations between two nations as is at stake today in relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. Never before, and--unless we are both wise and fortunate--perhaps never again.

For the present sorry state of the world, Soviet policy must bear a large share of the blame. The U.S.S.R. has often been disruptive, obstructionist, and uncooperative to the point of paranoia. But it is not enough to condemn Soviet policy. It must be coped with. And a solicitous concern for the very objectives we seek to further makes it necessary to state that the responsibility for today's . . .

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