Bipartisan Consensus in Foreign Policy: Arthur Vandenberg’s Legacy
On this episode, Dan is joined by Hank Meijer, author of the book “Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.” Hank discusses the life and legacy of an unsung hero, Senator Arthur Vandenberg --- the legislative architect of several critical pieces of foreign policy including the Marshall Plan. Vandenberg played an important role in obtaining bipartisan consensus in Congress and first coined the phrase ‘Iron Curtain’. He sacrificed his presidential ambitions to stay in Congress and hold hearings on the Marshall Plan. While unknown to many, Vandenberg was an integral part of the conversations that began to conceptualize a post-war alliance, which eventually led to the formation of the United Nations. Hank Meijer spent over two decades researching Vandenberg’s legacy and wrote the Michigan Senator’s first biography in honor of his public service.