Could the United States
fGo It Alone'?
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period since the war. nuclear weapons
have been the primary deterrent lhal has
prevented the Soviet 1 nion from completing the conquest of Eurasia.
I think thai il wo maintain our technological superiority and follow a really
intelligent military policy, we will be
able to continue to hold them back in
thai way. I nder the cover of this nuclear
armament, it seems to me thai we have
the opportunity of maintaining a far
more dynamic political policy aimed al
the breakup of the Soviel empire than
we have so far been doing.
Q. What are the chances of the United
States hei.iff forced into a position where
we would have to "iro it alone"?
(Garkity) : Well, we've been "going
it alone." tee ei degree. The Korean example of dropping those 129 thousand
casualties over then- i- e\h;it 1 call an
example of "going il alone, wilh lip
sen ice from other |>e'e.|e]e.
\e,w tic thing I dread i- the breakup
eif the American spirit from within. In
other words, if this country can be lorn
apart and made weak and softened up
for the liussiiins from w ithin thai - the
thing we must slop eil all events.
I think thai we w ill onl) be forced to
"go it alone" when il is loo late. I
ibink if we follow what Jim Burnham
has said by using intelligent diplomacy,
particularly toward our Latin American
friend.- whom we- have done nothing
bul in-iilt for the pasl twenty-five years
(ever since' Herberl Hoover made ee
good-will tour down there), we have
practically made enemies ol all the decent people down there as we ve encouraged their left-wing group and dis-
-ieli-iii groups down there. All we have
tee do is I., he' intelligent aboul making
Regarding the' possibility eel the
1 nited Stale'- being forced into a "no
it alone" position, I think the chances
are very good, if tin- |in-se-nt tendencies
continue. I think they're very poor il
we change our presenl tendencies ami
become intelligent in our world diplomacy .
Q. What are the chances of lhe Soviets
takinjr over jrreat areas of the resl of the
world either through infiltration inactive outright aggression?
i COMBS i : I think we arc in some
danger now of bringing this catastrophe
down mi our own heads. I think that we
are' incurring it through a reduction of
eeiir military establishment, through the
curtailment eef our defense setup.
I think we arc in danger of it through
the- growing tendency toward isolation-
ism ii) our country. I think we arc in
danger of it us a result of tin- unwillingness ol many Americans to recognize
Ihe nature' of the economic problem
abroad and to make adequate provision
to rehabilitate and sustain certain shattered European ami world economies.
I think we arc in danger of it because
we- don I understand the dimensions of
tin- threat nor do we understand the
calamitous nature of the accomplished
event. The Eurasian land mass, to which
Africa is ;in appendage, would inevitably hold the preponderating strength
in any world situation. Therefore, our
policy i ami I go along wilh Mr. Rurn-
li.iin in this) musl he- a more dynamic
one than it has been, hut as a |ieestnleili'
of that I would certainly assume the
ere-atieen of a larger rather than a reduced military establishment,
U.S. HAS SOME FRIENDS
i 111 umi v\i i : I wonder if it would
make sense for me to pul it in tin- way
lhal the- lee--l wa\ lei aveeiel having lo ";_...
it alienc in practical, technical, ami
military terms is In go a g I 'leal more
alone in terms eef policy. As ;i matter of
lint, tin- I nited States has some real
friends in tin- world friends who are
ready to stand by no matter what
We saw lhal in Korea. It was the
Turkish brigade, for instance, thai I
understand fought the lust .el all except, perhaps, the American soldiers.
Seme say they foughl better them some
Greece i- with us; Spain is wilh us.
I know from my own experience in
Europe thai the common people' of Europe, lhe ordinary citizens, nol lln- intellectuals in the cities euul sieim- ol the
political groups thai have been corrupted by cynical ami materialist philosophies, I.ui the ordinary Europeans
they al-o are with us,
CHINESE ARE WITH US
llii' I Ihinese in their hulk an- w ilh us,
W here we net into trouble i- thai instead nl having a policy that boldly
proclaims our own principles ami our
ow n destiny, we- tend to siil.eei-.lin.iii- it
i.> the- worn-oul European politicians in
some of the olilcr European countries
ihi' countries precisely the weakesl see
far as we- are concerned.
Q. Is it significant that you did not
mention France and Italy in mentioning
the' countries that are with ns?
Ih umi wi i : They were very deliberately omitted, very deliberately indeed.
leeetl) Kl'aiU'i' illlll IlilW hil\e ll.il -s (n\U
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munisl movements internally. In m\
opinion, it is ei law eel contemporary
history thai no country having a mass
Communisl movement inn possibly remain firm against the Soviel Union.
Assuming the Communisl movements
of France and Italy continue mi the
scale- that they arc now operating, any
idea that France' anil Italy would fighl
ihe Red army is an illusion. Ami if the
Pentagon is counting on thai, it's going
to have a terrible awakening.
Q. You mentioned thai we cannol
count on ihe support of France and Italy.
If wc lost Prance and Italy, would we not
quickly lose the support of Ihe resl of the
i Hodces i : That's jusl where I want
to come in. I think we cannol afford
to take a defeatist attitude aboul any
country in ihe Western orbit at this
lime ami I believe thai no haitle- is lost
until the Communisl flop has taken
OUR FATAL BLUNDER
Alsee. I would go along with your precautious attitude toward overreliance
upon cither France or Italy, hut I don'l
think thai m.ii have any defense of lhe
West unless we- .ill. so sell elemoiT.1'A
mice- again in these people that they will
. mm back iiilo the picture. That's where
I think our filial blunder is—we can t
w rite them off. Burnham; we've got to
work with them.
(Garriti i : We've been selling democracy lor five Men- over there t»
lhe tiuii- of half a billion tlolleirs. ami
we've < "mi' in.in th.- in,,st loved nation
in the world when we're iii then- with
a conquering army i not as democrats)
to the' mosl hated nation in the- world
will, eill ol thi- democracy nonsense
lhal we ve been handing oul.
(Combs); Whal do you mean by
11. \ n i :
(Combs) : I thought -,,: I thought so
that's implicit in your whole approach
to these matters.
(Garriti l : We an- telling
(Combs): Democracy is nonsense.
il.Miiiin I : Il is as we dish it mil to
| Combs i ; \nd apparently as we practice it at home.
iliwtmn i : No, no. as we dish il out.
i Hodces i ; I believe in the firsl pD"'
thai Men don'l "dish" these things out
I think thai Mm work together, and '
believe lhal tin- very process of working
together through democratic organic*'
lion in tin- Wesl \ VI'O. lor instance
could .ii'i much further in thi- direction,
quite apart from the military activity.
I think thai we- have to do then*"
things, otherwise you're simply ~lir
rendering Italy ami you're surrendering
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