This is not an imperialistic plan. It covets nothing for America but an honorable peace in a free world of free men. That is not imperialism. I like what Elihu Root once said of our Monroe Doctrine: It rests upon the right of every sovereign state to protect itself by preventing a condition of affairs in which it will be too late to protect itself. That is not imperialism. That is intelligent self-interest. . . . We point the general direction we propose to go. We do not, we cannot, chart the total course. This plan fits a key, strategic need. Undoubtedly there will be other problems facing other and different needs. For example, our occupational responsibilities in Korea unquestionably will soon demand positive support. It is part of World War II-unless we propose to lose the peace.
Senator Arthur Vandenberg
on the Truman Doctrine
April 8, 1947*
As Henry Wallace had left the Truman administration in a dispute over foreign policy, it is not surprising that he re-