Frank Kellogg: Before peace prize, he was a hawk

  • Article by: OLIVER STEINBERG
  • Updated: August 27, 2013 - 6:38 PM

A recent article about St. Paul’s long-forgotten Nobel peace laureate, Frank Kellogg, didn’t tell the whole story (“Kellogg stands for peace, not cereal,” Aug. 23). True, Kellogg’s name is attached to that pathetic historical curiosity, the Kellogg-Briand Peace Treaty.

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cstoney48Aug. 28, 13 8:49 AM

The Kellogg-Briand Peace Treaty was a cynical ploy authored by an isolationist America disinterested in intervening in European affairs. The disappointment in the treaties ending World War I reinforced George Washington's historical dictum on avoiding foreign entanglements. So when French foreign minister Aristide Briand proposed a Franco-American security agreement, Coolidge offered expanding the concept into an treaty which renounced the use of war as an instrument of national policy and called for the peaceful settlement of disputes. For Briand, it was better than nothing which was the alternative. Neither he nor the French nation had any faith in it. For America it was peace without commitment. On balance, it was very successful--there were no world wars in 1928/1929.

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