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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 79 (February 1947)

Press and radio comments,   pp. 37-40 PDF (2.1 MB)

Page 37

Newspapers Praise Marshall's
Statement Rejecting Politics
The US press and radio unanimously wel-
comed Secretary of State Marshall's state-
ment that he "never can be considered a can-
didate for political office" as immeasurably
strengthening his hand in continuing and
furthering US bipartisan foreign policy.
They linked Marshall's appointment and
his forthright statement as symbolic of the
non-political nature of US foreign policy.
Washington Post: "What this country
needs most is a foreign policy that does
not bear a partisan label but is national in
the finest and truest sense and has the sup-
port of both parties. Such a policy Marshall
would have been pursued in any case just as
it was pursued, with President Truman's
complete support, by Secretary Byrnes and
is still being pursued by Senators Vanden-
berg and Connaly. But if the new Secretary
had not positively eliminated himself from
any political consideration, he would have
left himself open to the danger of having
every action interpreted in the light of the
1948 election. Thank Heaven, we are to be
spared that."
St. Louis Globe-Democrat: "He alludes to
the secretaryship as non-political. Certainly
it is and must remain non-partisan. The
United States has successfully halted politics
at the water's edge; Republicans and Dem-
ocrats support the American foreign policy.
That attitude must continue and be bul-
- Baltimore Sun: "In making his stand so
very clear and explicit he accomplishes sev-
eral things. First, he removes the last lin-
gering doubt as to the wisdom of his appoint-
ment. The tradition of this country, and it
is a good one, is not to mix military matters
and personalities with civilian politics. Mar-
shall makes it clear that he will not be a
party to any such mixture.
"Second, he serves nc
that so far as 'he is ci
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policy is to remain bipartisan, or, as he would
doubtless prefer to say, 'non-partisan' "
Third, Marshall thus tells the world as well
that our foreign policy remains a national
rather than a partisan policy. The world
must know that when Marshall speaks he
speaks not for Republicans, nor for Demo-
crats, but for the nation."
Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Marshall most
fittingly places the office of Secretary of
State, at this critical juncture in man's quest
for lasting peace, above politics, beyond par-
tisanship.  His straightforward  utterance
raises higher the high hopes, yes, the virtual
certainly, that Marshall is the man under
whom will fructify the foreign policies so
ably formulated by his predecessor, James
F. Byrnes."
Washington Evening Star: "The statement
is in keeping with Marshall's character and
it is well that it has been made now. It clears
the air of discussion that could become as
embarrassing as interminable and which
would handicap him in the effective execu-
tion of his, responsibilities. Aside from his
own qualification, Marshall's appointment is
symbolic of the nonpolitical character of our
foreign policy and its administration.
"There is one contingency, of course
that would be the death of the President of
the United States, to whose office Marshall
would automatically succeed. Such an act of
God does not belong in the category of spec-
ulation to which referred."
Atomic Controls
With the postponement of the Security
Council's consideration of General disarma-
ment and international atomic controls, sev-
eral US newspapers took the respite in the
official debate to review the situation as it
now stands in regard to atomic controls.

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