proponents' wildest dreams constitutes one of this century's towering
What was required in the late 1970s was a magnitude of vision and a
quality of presidential courage at least equal to those of Roosevelt and Truman. Whether the Nixon-Ford-Kissinger strategy of detente might
have led eventually to Soviet-American cooperation in defusing the
potential for further military proliferation in the Third World--and
whether a massive new Marshall Plan for Africa might have addressed
the gravest human tragedy in modern history--cannot be known. For
the Carter White House, the psychic rewards of moralistic rhetoric precluded efforts of greater and more immediate practicality.
I have been unable to relocate the article by
M. Potts which contained
this statement. I have, however, replicated the arithmetic, which is more complicated than it looks.
Cyrus Vance, "America's Commitment to Third World Development," Department of State Bulletin, May 1979, p. 33. See also H. W. Singer, "The New
International Economic Order: An Overview," Journal of Modern African Studies, 1978, pp. 539-548; Council on Environmental Quality, The Global 2000 Report to
the President ( 3 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979); New York Times, February 2, 1975.
Robert Stryker, "Development Strategies," in
Phyllis M. Martin
Patrick O'Meara, eds., Africa ( Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University
Press, 1977), p. 314.
Timothy M. Shaw and
Malcolm J. Grieve, "The Political Economy of
Resources: Africa's Future in the Global Environment," Journal of Modern African
Studies, March 1978, p. 11 and passim.
David Lamb, The Africans ( New York: Random House, 1983), pp. 3-5.
J. Gus Liebenow, "Africa in World Affairs," ibid., p. 400.
Douglas W. Lister, "Africa in the World Economy," in
C. Gregory Knight
James L. Newman, eds., Contemporary Africa: Geography and Change ( Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1976), p. 456.
Grieve, "Political Economy," p. 24; International Development
Research Center, Catastrophe or New Society? ( Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1976), pp. 91, 100, and passim.
Paul T. Welty, The Asians: Their Heritage and Their Destiny ( New York: Harper and Row, 1966), p. 23.
Quoted in New York Times, February 2, 1975.
John Stoessinger, Henry Kissinger: The Anguish of Power ( New York: Norton, 1977), p. 161. William and
Paul Paddock, Famine, 1975! America's Decision: Who
Will Survive? ( Boston: Little, Brown, 1967).
Garrett Hardin, quoted in Wade Greene, "Triage," p. 11. See also Jahangir Amuzegar
, "Requiem for the North-South Conference," Foreign Affairs, October 1977, pp. 136-159, esp. p. 158.
Hans Morgenthau, "Hans Morgenthau on Foreign Policy," World Issues, December 1977/ January 1978, pp. 10-16.