FOREIGN TRADE: U. S. v. Italy

Last week Benito Mussolini kept the Allies in a dither, the Italian people in a lather. While he took his time about leading up to Fascism's grand climax, war, his purchasing agents in the U. S. operated more feverishly, less obtrusively. Their job was to move as much strategic material as possible out of the U. S. before Italy is branded a legal belligerent and a moral foe. They did pretty well.

Mussolini had long been a leading beneficiary of the well-known schizophrenia afflicting U. S. foreign-trade policy; while trying to throttle exports to totalitarian States, Washington...

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