Lodge Speaks About Career In Government
Henry Cabot Lodge '24, U.S. envey to the Vatiran, said yesterday that he know of U.S. involvement in 1950 and supported the president's decision at that time.
If there is a coup in a country and the entering group is not democratic, Lodge said, "and if their actions are undertakes solely to enable their government to take is crack at is, the president to justified in aiding the country is possible."
"Any president must consider the welfare of the U.S. If the doesn't he should be impeached," he added Lodge spoke with about 50 people in the Dudley House Junior Common Room.
Lodge described the Guatamalass incident as "non-violent and implemented along the lines of chicanery and other unpleasentries. The world is a rough, tough place. The Coach were coming into Gudtamals. Their presence threstened the canal, I have forgotton the details," he said.
Inflotion and Cynicism
In looking back over the 50 years since he graduated from Harvard, Lodge cited cynicism about government, particularly outrage over political patronage, and a spiraling inflation rate as the major problem facing the nation.
"The current inflation rate has destroyed the lives of many men and, if it continues, a situation could develop where a more controlled economy might be appealing," he said.
Lodge recommended that a group be formed from the legislative and executive branches like the Hoover Commission of 1950. The Hoover Commission Report resulted in the elimination of many government jobs and reduction of general extravagence, he said.
Lodge said he would like to see a similar commission oversee financing of presidential candidates campaigns while cutting down on the "billions spent on paperwork in the bureaucracy."
Lodge served as a Republican in the Senate from 1936 until 1942, when he resigned to enlist in the Army. He was reelected to the Senate from Massachusetts in 1945, and was U.S. representative to the U.N. and on the Security Council from 1953 to 1960. He served as U.S. ambassador to Saigon from 1963 to 1964 and again from 1965 to 1967.