Buffett was a vocal critic of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. Of the Truman Doctrine, he said: “Our Christian ideals cannot be exported to other lands by dollars and guns.” Buffett was also one of the major voices in Congress opposed to the Korean War.
Speaking on the floor of Congress, he said of military interventionism that,
Even if it were desirable, America is not strong enough to police the world by military force. If that attempt is made, the blessings of liberty will be replaced by coercion and tyranny at home. Our Christian ideals cannot be exported to other lands by dollars and guns. Persuasion and example are the methods taught by the Carpenter of Nazareth, and if we believe in Christianity we should try to advance our ideals by his methods. We cannot practice might and force abroad and retain freedom at home. We cannot talk world cooperation and practice power politics.
They won’t abide
By Rule of Law:
They want us slaves,
Unarmed and raw.
“We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!”
Let’s start a war
We’re broke and need
A new cash cow.
He’s right. Extreme cases make bad law, as legislators should remember.
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”
– Dr. Seuss