Today, the Marshall Plan’s Virtues Are the Stuff of History and Nostalgia

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen speak at an event marking the Marshall Plan’s 70th anniversary at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany, June 28, 2017 (AP photo by Matthias Schrader).
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen speak at an event marking the Marshall Plan’s 70th anniversary at the George C. Marshall Center in Germany, June 28, 2017 (AP photo by Matthias Schrader).

If you need a break from the tawdry soap opera of American politics and the twists of national security policymaking these days, 2018 provides many milestones that recall actual American greatness, even instilling some hope for its renewal. Last week marked the 70th anniversary of the formal beginning of the Economy Recovery Plan, commonly known as the Marshall Plan. It was not only a financial infusion to jumpstart the struggling economies of Europe torn apart by World War II, but a demonstration of American planning and organization, as well as the role of visionary public and private sector leaders. It […]

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