To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
I was pleased to see your editorial supporting the candidacy of Herbert H. Lehman in the New York Senatorial contest. In giving your reasons for choosing Mr. Lehman you said that his record of a progressive domestic policy was more important than Mr. John Foster Dulles" experience in foreign affairs.
You are perfectly right but I think that in stressing this reason you are giving too much credit to Mr. Dulles' claims of being a foreign policy expert and are forgetting Mr. Lehman's international experience as the Director General of UNRRA, the first organization established under the United Nations.
Mr. Dulles has been claiming that he is the "architect of American foreign policy," and a great many people seem to believe these preposterous assertion. Exactly what has been Mr. Dulles' connection with this country's foreign policy? He has, it is true, held a variety of positions in the State Department over a period of many years, but so have many other people. Could each of them claim to be "the architect of American foreign policy?"
Before the 1944 election it was expected that Mr. Dulles would be Dewey's choice for Secretary of State. This was the first time that many people had ever heard of the newly-created "expert." If he had become Secretary of State then or in 1948 he would now have a right to claim the credit for forming our foreign policy, for it is the Secretary of State, as Mr. Dulles should know, who has this particular responsibility.
After the 1944 election Mr. Dulles was made a member of the UN delegation, and more recently he was appointed by Governor Dowey to fill a vacant Senate seat. In both these positions he showed great interest in international affairs, but all the importance features of our present policy have been determined by the Democratic Secretaries of State and chiefly Senator Vandenberg for the Republicans.
By taking undue honors upon himself, Mr. Dulles has not only breached the good faith on which our bi-partisan foreign policy was formed, but he has been unjust to these Republicans, such as Senator Vandenberg, who truly have a right to their party's share of the credit. Arthur J. Marter, Jr. '53.