Naval War College Review


When I received the invitation to address this audience on the subject of "Contemporary Foreign Policy," I began to reflect on the episode, in my own experience which I thought might have some relevance to the changes we see occurring in the world today. The first thing that came to mind was a moment back in October of 1939, just after the Germans had overrun Poland. I arrived, a novice in such matters, in the city of Berlin and sought out the advice of the American military attack, a man greatly respected and honored in the American community in Berlin at the time. He was Col. "Bullmoose" Smith, the recognized brains of the military team in the Embassy at the time. I went in to him and asked, "What is it all about?"