Allen Skaggo, Jr., ditour Dec. 1, 1953
OAINiL.VIL., Dec. 1 --General Javies A. Van :1 oet said here tonight that
foreign student exchange scholarships offer tne finest kind of Democracy
tha the i'nited States can practice.
Van Fleet, speaking at a banquet mrenting of the Association of Uoverning
hoards of State Universities and Allted Institutions at the University of
Florida, urged an increase in foreign student scholarship programs "so that
we citnl develop foreign leaderdh!; to avert feature war."
rhe retired General and coriander of the -ghth Army in !'orea ,poke with
special emphasis on inrea, saying that, gIven the chance to study in A-.erica
anc learn American methods, the i.oreans can rebuild t .eir country for peace.
ie said there is a lack of l-.aderaslip in :orea today and that the teed
for education is great. He pointed to tae aSl-:sut total destruction of South
Korea and said that only through educated leadership can the country hope to
He praised the work of the American 'orean foundation which he heads as
a "labor of Love" for the work it is doing to rebuild the nation.
In a note of reminiscence Van .'leet turned to his old argument concerning
the United National authority in !nrea, saying that, given the equipment and
material, the armies of South : orea could have carried the war without the
loss of so many American boys.
He added that never has :o much authority been bought ( through the
United Nations) with so small a contribution.
He reemphasized that the ,a-.,t positive approach to the cold war Is the
arming of loyal peoples thr u;hout the world so that they may carry tne fight
on hneir own ground nnd urged the imaedclate disengage ent of ground forces on
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European soil and the maintenance of a strong air force ant navy.
He said that while the United States is preparing for the bigger atomic
war which perhaps wi 1 never come, we are losing the cold wars and the
tepid wars in other fronts because we are not allowing the loyal peoples
there to fight for themselves.
He reviewed his recent trip to Korea and return through Europe, saying
the "Tntted States has loyal allies everywhere with the possible excerition
of India, who are ready to fight tyranny and aggression if given the orportun-
ity and support of material".
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