First move in corralling the 21 American republics into a homogenous herd is to remove suspicions inevitably occurring because 7,000 miles and many conflicting aims separate the U.S. and Argentina. Uppermost in the minds of foreign ministers packing last week for the consultative conference in Rio de Janeiro Jan. 15 was the question: "Would the cowboy and the gaucho get together?"

What the U.S. wants from Argentina and all the Americas is threefold: 1) speedy production of critical materials such as tin and rubber; 2) complete military cooperation with U.S. use of...

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