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PostHerbert Hoover in the European View (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 09/03/20 4:20 am)
Herbert Hoover saved millions of Germans and Austrians after WWII, for humanitarian reasons and not for political advantage like the Marshall Plan. He was a great, great American.
JE comments: It's a pity Hoover had to be president in 1929, as the Crash and resulting Depression irreparably ruined his image in history. But was there ever a more "American" president? Honesty, hard work, entrepreneurship, and generosity to people in need (at least for the starving Europeans). These are American values at their noblest. We Americans don't think or discuss--we build. From his Quaker roots, Hoover was also a pacifist at heart, and struggled against the folly of European militarism. Given our current reputation as a warmongering nation, it's easy to forget that this was not the case pre-WWII. When war broke out in 1939, the US military was ranked 19th in size...even Portugal had a larger army. (Eugenio, Italy was ranked 6th at the time.)