SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, France — “There are moments in a nation’s history when its future course is decided by a chosen few who walked bravely into the valley of the shadow of death,” said Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO) and the commander of U.S. European Command. “In such moments, young men and women pledge their lives so that their nation can live.”
The Marshall Plan was an audacious, innovative strategy to tackle the most pressing challenges of its time. In 1947, Europe was reeling from the devastation of World War II. The United States put forward the Marshall Plan at this critical juncture, making economic and technical aid available on one condition: that it be used to foster cooperation among nations. The Marshall Plan is a concrete example of the scale of change made possible by bold thinking and international cooperation.
President Trump’s first foreign trip as commander in chief began May 19 and included stops at NATO headquarters in Brussels and in Italy for a Group of Seven meeting. When it concluded May 27, many commentators argued that U.S.-European relations were at a post-World War II low point.
The big idea: James Mattis, on a tour across Asia designed to reassure allies who are panicked about President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, was asked several hours after Saturday’s terrorist attack on the London Bridge whether he had any reaction.