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Seventy years ago Monday, Secretary of State George Marshall delivered a Harvard commencement day address that became the framework for what we call the "Marshall Plan" for European recovery.Trump's capricious jabs at allies in Britain, France, Germany and elsewhere are undermining the global alliances and institutions created after World War II on which American power has rested.The only people who will dismantle this order are the ones who built it – Americans and their European allies.Here are three points about the Marshall Plan that are lessons for today:For all Marshall's genius, it was President Truman's political toughness that made it happen.There was lingering concern whether Truman was up to the job. But his weak standing was bolstered by his announcement in January 1947 that Marshall would serve as his secretary of state.Truman steadied through that spring of 1947, not least because of Marshall, whom he venerated. Marshall didn't fight the problem.The most important fact about the Marshall Plan is that all the instruments of American power were utilized to implement it.
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