Epilogue: The Lamp of Experience
The present political framework of foreign affairs is nationalist. The present economic base is not. . . . This stubborn fact silently and implacably sits at every council table . . . and, without uttering a word, enters every discussion.
Adolf A. Berle, Jr., 1954
To what point has this study now brought us? We began with a broad statement of the American philosophy of life in 1945, and the American outlook upon the world--a statement so general as possibly to seem naive and overly idealistic. If so, the three ensuing chronicles must have served to expose American weaknesses, lapses from the ideal, divisions of counsel, moods of national egotism, all